Pin It Remember back in science class when you had to rust a nail with vinegar? Well, what do you get when you rust steel wool pads with vinegar?
Rustic Wood Stain - of course.
I poured a container full of vinegar (quart) & put a few course-grade 3 steel wool pads. The "stain" gets darker the longer you allow the rust particles to sit in the vinegar. 24-48 hours would be a lighter stain.
For my mixture, I let it go few extra days. You can stop the process by straining (with a coffee filter) the small metal particles. However, you will want to use a drop cloth or newspaper under your project. This is basically rust and it will stain your concrete in the garage.
I wanted a rustic, weathered look for these little storage crates. At this stage, they look too new.
Below, the one on the left is one I just brushed with the liquid. The one on the right was the one I did about five minutes earlier.
Here is the beginning raw wood color.
Here are the four crates at four different shades just after I finished the final one.
Final rustic color, still needs to dry and add a layer of poly.
This process could come in handy creating one of those old looking benches for the front porch (when you don't have old reclaimed wood sitting around).
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