I finished enough of the cleaning of the trim in the living room where I could start staining. I taped off some areas and put down drop cloths but still made a total mess. I painted the stain on with a sponge brush and then let it sit for about 5 minutes and then wiped it down.
UNCLEANED WOOD IN THE DINING ROOM
WOOD CLEANED AND WITH THE FIRST COAT OF STAIN IN THE LIVING ROOM
I've set a schedule to try and complete a good portion of this for the holidays. I'll now alternate between cleaning, staining and applying the final finish to areas until I am done. I hope to start painting in the living room next week. We are hosting Thanksgiving Dinner at our house and it would be nice if folks didn't have to eat in a construction zone.