Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Make Your Own {VINEGAR} Stain!


Hey All! It’s Kristin D. again from Navy Bean Lane!

Have you jumped on the “vinegar stain” bandwagon yet?? I have been seeing all sorts of fun things stained with said “vinegar stain” lately and decided it was time to give it a whirl!
I chose this changing table to try it out on. It’s solid wood, sturdy and was in desperate need of a makeover so it was an easy choice.

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The first step was to make some tea. I’m guessing any tea will do … I just used a cleansing Zija tea that I had on hand.

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I used two tea bags to about one cup of hot water and let it brew for about 5 minutes. Once it was cool enough to handle then I wiped it over the entire dresser. (Actually I didn’t wipe down the drawers because they were being painted, but you will want to wipe down any area that you will be staining)

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Once the tea has dried it is time to apply your vinegar stain. (you will want to make this 24 hours in advance by filling a glass jar with #0000 steel wool and vinegar, then putting the lid on and letting it sit for 24 hours)

***You can adjust the color of your stain by playing around with different vinegars. For this mixture I used 1/2 distilled white vinegar and 1/2 red wine vinegar.

You can see on the stir stick how it changes the color of the wood immediately. It will keep darkening over about a half an hour.

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After two coats of stain the dresser had a very matte, smoky grey look to it.

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But then imagine my shock when it turned this gorgeous warm brown after I spayed the poly on! It was one of those happy accidents and I was over the moon excited with the end results!

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I love that you can achieve multiple looks with the vinegar stain and can’t wait to experiment with it some more! It’s perfect for giving a smoky, weathered look or a completely opposite warm, rich look just by adding a wax or poly!
I hope this gets your wheels turning … there’s got to be something laying around that you can give it a go on, right?!?
Have a Happy Hump Day!
xxoo, Kristin
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