Have you ever wondered if there’s a way to dye wood the green way without chemicals? The answer is yes, it is. You will see lots of pictures in this post but it’s only to show how wood is changing its color; the process is really simple and you only need the following materials:
- Steel wool
- A container with lid
- A brush or rag
- Globes are optional but highly recommended if you don’t want to end up with finger stained for some days
The first thing is to place some steel wool inside the container and fill it with vinegar. I also added some old rusty screws instead of throwing them away. Close the lid and let mixture stand for about 3-5 days. Time will affect in how dark the dye will be; the more time the darker it gets.
After some days, you’ll see the mixture has darkened a lot. I call it the “Miracle Liquid”, as it will react in different ways depending on the wood you are using it into. The lid is useful because the solution is a bit stinky, so close it when you’re done and you can keep it for future projects.
It’s time to take your gloves and a rag and go to work! As you see, I am going to stain new pine wood.
Soak the rag and wring it out a bit
Then rub it on the wood, working on zones.
In the next picture you will see the difference; from right to left we have raw wood, wet stained wood, and dry stained wood.
A close up of the wood fully dry compared to the new one. Doesn’t it look gorgeous?
I did 5 wood slats, as you can see it goes a long way.
And this is how I dye wood the green way, an easy and affordable solution while taking care of the environment. It doesn’t require to clean brushes where chemicals go down the sink.
If you want to take one step further and achieve a weathered look as the middle slat on the picture below, you can check the post on How to weather wood.
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