What’s quick, easy, cost effective, and environmentally safe way to make and use wood stain?
These questions led me to research what it would take for me to make my very own.
Here is what I found….
I could make my own stains from household materials that are found around the house at any given time. They were quick, easy, effective, long lasting, LOW COST, and better for the environment (no solvents, VOC’s, or strong smells)! So I had to give them a try, and I hope you do too!
HOMEMADE STAIN 1: STEEL WOOL + VINEGAR
Recipe – 1 1/2 cup white vinegar and one steel wool pad
HOMEMADE STAIN 2: STEEL WOOL + BALSAMIC VINEGAR
Recipe – 1 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar and one steel wool pad
HOMEMADE STAIN 3: STEEL WOOL + APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Recipe -1 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar and one steel wool pad
The process to making all three of these stains are all the same! 🙂 Grab your steel wool (one pad per stain mixture) and put it in a mason jar or other glass container that has a lid. Pour your choice of vinegar over the steel wool and cover it with the lid, loosely. Put the jar in a safe spot overnight to allow the vinegar to absorb into the steel wool. After 24 hours (or longer), take the steel wool out of the jars. The longer you let the solution sit untouched, the darker it will be! Take the solution and pour it on a shop rag or sponge and apply it to your choice of wood. It is honestly as simple as that!
Quart Sized Jars
Let me know how this process works for you! I’d love to see what you have created with your very own stain!
To see the exact step by step process check out my video below 🙂
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