Pin shares How to make gorgeous aged wood stain with natural ingredients from your pantry and without the pricetag and hassle of classic wood stain. There was one particular type of day in high school that was always the best. Why in the world did the Demi Moore version of The Scarlet Letter have to have so many bathing scenes in it? The best day of all was science lab day.
We built bridges and made a hovercraft and even constructed potato guns…ahem…I mean vegetable accelerators, as my physics teacher had to clarify. Apparently making potato guns was already a regular pasttime for a lot of boys in the backwoods of our small town.
Ten years later, I still have my own science lab days, except without the use of tuber artillery. Yesterday, I conducted a little experiment of my own on our upcoming bathroom plank wall project. And I discovered that I am never going back to staining wood as long as I can help it. Boom, baby! Going into this little experiment, I knew I was looking for a rich wood tone with a little hint of gray. Apple cider vinegar gives a more gray tint than the white distilled kind. Brushing wood with coffee brings out more of the brown tones of wood while black tea brings out the gray.
In the end, this was the winning method for me. Affiliate links are provided below. For more information, see my full disclosure. For the oxidizing stain, I combined the steel wool pad and vinegar in a bowl and let it sit for 24 hours too. Then the fun began! To pull the tanins out of the wood, I brushed it all down with the tea and let it sit for an hour.
Below The left 3 planks are plain and the right 3 planks are brushed with the tea. I was nearly jumping up and down with excitement.
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