The list of things I want to try to DIY is long, and I have always wanted to make my own stain. Now there are plenty of methods out there for making stain and I am sharing how I have decided to make my own. It’s chemical free and all the ingredients can almost exlusively come from your kitchen.
- Coffee Grounds, I’m using leftovers from this mornings brew
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Fine Steel Wool
- Mason Jar with lid
- Pour about 2 cups white vinegar into jar
- Add a your steel wool. I am using 2 pieces The more you add the darker the stain
- Add a 2 Tbsp coffee grounds to the jar, tighten lid and shake.
Allow the stain to sit in the jar for AT LEAST a week, shaking once a day. The longer the stain sits the darker it will become. Based on my research, when applying the stain it will appear much lighter at first and darken as it dries. The vinegar helps develop the tannins in the wood (a fancy word for chemical makeup) causing the colors to become rich and smooth when applied.