I have become the wood sign lady in town.
But I cannot be content with just plain old signs!
I suppose it is my fashion background - changing styles every season
I have to find new ways to make the signs unique.
So I am using a combination of paint and stains these days.
My favorite and CHEAP wood stain is vinegar!
I have heard about this method for years and years
(way before I even knew what a blog was).
I even have an old newspaper clipping about it.
Finally I decided to try it!
WHOLLY MOLEY - IT I TOO EASY!!!!
do not overthink it
do not overthink it
- (Real) Steel Wool (I used 0000 grade)
- 1 Gallon Apple Cider vinegar
- Big bucket
- Paint brush ( it does not have to be a good one)
NOTE: I am using Apple Cider Vinegar. Different vinegars will produce different finishes (I am working on that!)
- In my big bucket, I placed 6 steel wool pads and the entire gallon of cider vinegar.
- Put the lid on the vinegar/steel wool mixture and let it sit...mine sat for about 4-5 days, so it is very dark.
- I suggest trying the stain on a scrap piece (or similar) wood after 24 hours...if that is not the desired effect...48 hours...and so on
- EDIT: The less you let the mixture sit the lighter the stain. If you are looking for a particular color, I suggest testing the mixture every 24 hours until you see the color you desire.
- When my concoction was ready (to my liking), I gave it a quick stir.
- Some suggest straining out the steel wool. I did NOT...there was not much left - bits and pieces...but I really did not care they were in there.
- I transferred smaller amounts of the stain to a glass jar to work with- it is easier to handle that way (easier than carrying around a big old bucket full of smelly stain)
- Be warned...the smell is pretty intense...it is vinegar! I just did this all outside. The mixture smells, but I do NOT notice a lingering scent on my project.
- NOTE: Now, protect your work surface - it may stain concrete or whatever is comes into contact with.
- Wear gloves - seriously - WEAR GLOVES. My hand are even more aged right now!
- Use the paint brush and brush on the vinegar all over.
- Let dry.
- NOTE/EDIT (2/2014): Since this post I have played around a bit. I have started to rinse the wood off after the stain has dried. It lightens the wood color a bit...and also it rinses off some of the residue that is left from the steel wool. If you do not rinse the wood...a "rusty" residue will remain on your wood.
Enjoy your cheap, yet GORGEOUS wood stain!
I really want to try the balsamic vinegar stain,
but that costs a bit more...but you know I will have to try!
Stay tuned to check out some of the new projects using this stain!
Have you ever tried this?