I used a big bulky cheap paintbrush I got from Big Lots for $2.00.
They have really great prices on all their painting supplies if you want to save some $$ in that area. Paints and stains alone can already cost so much as it is.
Oh and I bought 2 gallons of stain and I only used a little over half of one can. It's non-refundable so I messed up there. I'll just save it to use some more on it next year if it needs it again.
It will most likely dry lighter, but so far I love it!
I have a surprise about the bistro set so I will post that tomorrow! :)