To get started you will need:
- Your wood project sanded and ready
- Vinegar (white or apple)
- Steel Wool
- Foam Brush
- Tea, Coffee, Nut husks, Tobacco, or Herbs
- Cup or Jar
Step 1: Create Your Color
1. First, you will create a dark black dye using a full cup of vinegar with half a roll of steel wool. Just tear apart the wool and submerge it fully into the vinegar. I am using apple vinegar because I like the color.
2. Let your dye sit for 5 to 7 days. Stir your dye once a day. The dye should darken day to day.
3. Brew your tea, coffee, nut husks, tobacco, or herbs. It is a good idea to make a few cups depending on the amount of dye you need for your project.
4. Add in your dark steel wool dye as necessary to achieve the color you are looking for. Keep in mind you will apply more than one coat once you have your color right, so it shouldn't be too dark. For my project, I used equal parts cinnamon tea, coffee, and steel wool dye. I applied 5 coats and 2 clear coat finishes.
5. Apply your coats with a foam brush. Give time for each coat to dry in between coats.
- You can sand in between dyeing coats.
- A clearcoat will help preserve your color. This is a good idea.