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This is certainly not a new idea. People have stained wood for years with such things as food coloring, clothing dye, berries and just about any other colored liquid you can imagine.

If you've been following my slow moving school bus conversion project you'll know that I'm converting a school bus to live, work and travel in. Right now I have an OSB board for a kitchen countertop. I've been kicking around what kind of countertop I wanted to make but I knew that I wanted to embed a map of the US in it. A friend donated me a load of 40 year old cedar planking and the wheels started turning. I purchased a map puzzle of the US on Etsy.com and the rest is history.

Step 1: Supplies

  1. Wood (in my case the puzzle map from Etsy.com)
  2. Stain (I had three colors of stain and some Snapple Iced Tea packets)
I have heard of painting with tea, but staining wood is brilliant. Nice write up!
<p>Thanks CurtosNoirDesign,</p><p><br>I have several things I'm trying on this bus project. I finally have the time to post them. Keep watching.<br><br>Leonard</p>
<p>This is such a great and unique idea, I might just have to try this! Thanks for the ideas and inspirations! Now my wheels are turning! </p>
<p>This is really cool! Which colors of stain or tea did you use? I'd like to reproduce some of the colors there, but want to make sure I get the right one! What color is New Mexico?</p>
Sorry for the delay in answering your question. New Mexico is Minwax special walnut. Thanks for your comment. Leonard
<p>very clever!!</p>

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