Thursday, September 15, 2011

Handmade Wood Stain: Vinegar and Steel Wool


I picked up this two-tiered, vintage table at a yard sale a long time ago and it sat in my living room for too many months, as I tried to figure out if it was worth fixing up.  Sometimes I would stare at it and brainstorm what I could do with it to make it attractive.  I even considered taking the top off, so that it would just be a normal, side table with cute, turned legs.  


Ultimately, I decide to go with a farmhouse style refinish for this little, out-dated side table.  I had been researching old-fashioned, non-toxic stains and finishes, so I decided to give one of the recipes a try.  


I started by completely removing the ugly, orange finish using my palm sander.  Underneath was just very light wood.


I mixed apple cider vinegar with grade 0000 steel wool in a mason jar with a tight lid.  I let the concoction sit for a few days to give the steel wool time to start dissolving.  The woodworking site stated that apple cider vinegar works better than regular vinegar for this finish, so that is what I used.  It also said that you could put rusty nails in with the steel wool.  I didn't have any on hand, so I just stuck with the steel wool.  I read that different wood turns different colors with this finish, so I wasn't sure exactly how it would turn out.


 I used a foam brush to apply the mixture to the bare wood. 


It got quite a bit darker instantly and, after soaking in, it darkened even more.  After two coats, it turned a kind of smoky-brown color.  I really enjoyed using this stain and it was much easier to work with than traditional, oil-based stains because it went on so smoothly and evenly.  The best part about this old-fashioned finish is that there are no toxic fumes like with the oil-based stains.


I used Country Gray Chalk Paint to paint over the orange finish on the legs and spindles of the table and then distressed them.  I waxed the tops of the table with Minwax Paste Wax to protect the finish. 


My miniature, farmhouse table transformation is complete!




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84 comments:

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

WOW Amanda! You really have an eye for transforming things. And such patience to create your own stain! It looks much better than the traditional stain, for sure. And you can't go wrong with ASCP. Have a great weekend.

xoxo
Kathleen

A Vintage Vine said...

I really like the deepth and color of yours better....Thanks for sharing!

Paint Me White said...

What a fantastic transformation Love it. Sandy x

Hartwood Roses said...

I am absolutely going to try your recipe for stain!! Your table turned out great.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

In love with this finiah! The table looks so beautifl now! I look forward to trying this technique in the future.

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

I'm will have to give it a try. The restyle looks fantastic, I also like how you staged the table. Have a great creative weekend!

Revi said...

I love everything about this post! You took something not so attractive and made it lovely. You used a new technique, and it is a revived old one! It's simple, cheap, non toxic and has a built in surprise color finish!
Thanks for sharing with us.
-Revi

Anneke {RustiChic} said...

I would LOVE to try this sometime...it turn out SO cute! Thank you for sharing!

Distressed, But Not Forsaken said...

My mom used to have end tables like this one. You took it from worn-out and out-dated to farmhouse chic! Good job, I'll have to try this soon. Thanks,
Judy @ Distressed, But Not Forsaken

pink*cherub*moon said...

Amanda, this is such a great idea! I'm going to give it a try on some of the pieces I have waiting to be redone - thanks for sharing!! Hugs, Leena

casalegno farm said...

you are a genius!!! Will this be for sale at Loot? I really like it.....

Tricia said...

Thanks for sharing the staining idea. It's the first I have heard of this and I'm anxious to try it. You table turned out beautifully. The two tone finish really brought it up to date.

Robin said...

Looks amazing! I love the staining techique.

MiniBinoy said...

luks cooool..indeed an amazing transformation!..

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

This is a great finish. I plan to use it for some shelves in my kitchen. I hope they turn out this nice.

Deborah

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