Natural and Thrifty in 365: #287 Stain Wood Naturally

Refinishing wood is a great way to get a whole new look out of your furniture, but commercial wood stains contain potentially toxic chemicals.  Test these natural staining methods to get the look you want.

Coffee, tea, berries and walnut hulls can be used to stain wood different color variations.  Vinegar is another natural way to stain your wood.  Steel wool in vinegar produces a reddish color.  Tea and metal in vinegar combine to produce a black tint.  You might also remember from science labs that pennies soaked in vinegar give a lovely teal blue hue.

Try all these ideas on a piece of scrap that is the same wood as the furniture you wish to refinish.  Take good notes on how long items soak and how many coats are applied to achieve your desired results.  Get more details and tips on these natural wood staining techniques here and here.

Photo courtesy of The Money Pit.

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