Friday, June 5, 2015
Black Tea & Vinegar-Steel Wool Stain
A "Doubting Thomas" I am no more
I am SO impressed with this homemade recipe for wood stain. I was not a believer until I had to experiment with it myself.
For the past year I've worked a lot with wood pallets, wood boards and planks. I either find a pallet on the side of the road. I also shop at our local box store for wood boards and planks that I take home to trim, sand and paint. I sell the signs I make at a local artisan mall. I have scoured the internet and Pinterest to get more ideas on staining and painting my signs. When I found this recipe and saw pictures of others who had used this stain, I found it very hard to believe, until now.
Here's another sample:
Here's the recipe for the VINEGAR & STEEL WOOL STAIN:
Start one week to 10 days ahead or longer
1 large glass jar with lid (mine was a Prego spaghetti sauce jar), cleaned and dried
5 cups of white distilled vinegar, more if needed
2 steel wool pads (do not use SOS or Brillo pads)
Combine all the ingredients and let sit on a shelf, away from little ones if you have any. Make sure to label the jar, don't want anyone drinking from it accidentally.
Shake often until all the steel wool has dissolved. It should be ready to use in 7 -10 days. Strain using a cheesecloth to remove any particles from the steel wool. Wear protective gloves when staining. Use a brush or a cloth to stain the wood, just like you would if you were using the regular oil-based stain.
BLACK TEA STAIN
10 oz. boiling water
2-3 tea bags of any kind of black tea
Small jar with lid
Brew black tea until it cools. Use instantly and save the rest in a small jar. Again, don't forget to label it.
So does anyone know if this stain stands well in sunlight? (Hubby was wondering).
If anyone out there knows anything else about this stain that I didn't mention, please leave a comment.
I'm thrilled that this stain only cost pennies compared to the oil-based kind in the stores.
I have a large can of oil based stain I don't think I'm going to be using anytime soon, anyone want to buy it?
I BELIEVE!!! :)
Until next time,