I have been working on a project that just didn’t seem complete without a wood stain. Unfortunately, it’s far too cold outside for that, and using a traditional wood stain inside would definitely make me sick.
So I started searching google and pinterest for some DIY wood stains and found some great ideas. I set up some experiments to see what I liked best…
…but nothing grabbed me.
Then inspiration struck.
I grabbed my olive oil. I grabbed some blue pigment. I mixed them up and slathered them on and waited while the wood drank it in. Then I rubbed off the excess and much to my surprise I had exactly what I was dreaming of!
The blue seeped its deepest into the lighter spots while the olive oil honeyed the darker knots in the wood, resulting in a very happy looking union of tones.
If you’d like to try this yourself, here’s my recipe: 1 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil to ¼ teaspoon of blue pigment (I used some of Evening’s Natural Earth Paints) and mix well. Make as large a batch as you think you’ll need, since it will be hard to get an exact match from batch to batch.
Apply a thick coat onto your sanded, ready-for-finishing wood with a brush. It will look MUCH darker than the finished result at this point. Leave that for the wood drink in for about an hour and a half.
While that’s happening, make a batch of beeswax sealant to protect your colour later. You can make this with 1 Tbsp of beeswax with 6 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil. Combine the two in a glass bowl/jar/cup and set in a pan with about 2 inches of water. Bring the water to a boil, all the while stirring the wax and oil in the glass. Once the beeswax has melted completely, remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Using a rag, begin to rub off the excess stain from your project. Once finished, begin to apply the beeswax sealant with a fresh rag. Apply thickly. If you have any sealant left over, you can store for up to a year and use as a polish (though if you have any pigment in the jar like I did be sure to only use it on this project!).
Leave for one hour, then rub off with another fresh rag, revealing a beautiful and safe, natural stain on your wood.
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