I am so excited to have made this DIY Walnut Wood Stain! It is a game chager for people who love to get their hands dirty and make things for themself! The best part??? It only requires TWO, yes two, ingredients to prepare! It’s quick, easy and so beautiful!
STEP ONE- GATHER NUTS
From start to finish this project will take you less than 10 minutes to create. I went out and gathered about a dozen walnuts from the ground beneath my walnut tree. I brought them inside and shucked the outer hulls from the nut.
Keep in mind black walnuts are seasonal. Typically you want to looks for them in the fall. Once they have fallen to the ground they begin to delay. This is when the hulls turn black and product that rich color.
STEP TWO-PREP THE HULLS
Discard the nut and crush the hulls for the stain. I did this by hand over a sheet pan but you can also use a small food processor here to grind them up. . I should also note that these hulls were damp and soft from the rain. This may have helped this process.
STEP THREE- FILL THE JAR
Fill a large mason jar with the crushed hulls, about 3/4 of the way full and top off with white distilled vinegar. This is the key ingredient in your DIY Walnut Wood Stain. You do not want to subsitute the vinegar for water.
STEP FOUR-SHAKE IT UP
Shake it up and you’re ready to stain. You can adjust your color by adding more or less hulls. Keep in mind that the color will continue to darken as it sits.
This is the beautiful shade it created immediately after making! If you can’t tell I was absolutely thrilled with not only the color but how quickly I was able to apply it to wood!
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