Step 11: Clean up!

Time to tidy up! This was my hand before I was even done with the first coat. I didn't mind (though I thought the ring line was rather funny) - but you could certainly avoid awkward hand stains with a pair of gloves if you chose.

I accidentally used a dish cloth from a new set for wiping between coats. I gave it an oxygen bleach soak as soon as I was done with the last wipe down. It came clean very well.

I jarred up the unused stain and put it in my freezer, just in case I need to touch anything up before we seal the table, or if we decide to stain more of it.

Anyway, there you go! Unsealed this will probably fade a lot, faster the more it is in the sun. However, it is a fun way to play with color and add your personal touch to some furniture, without introducing harsh chemicals into your home.

I hope you have fun playing with this and feel inspired to experiment! And please, again, be sure you have permission to try this on whatever you are trying it on! My hubby thought I was a little crazy for wanting to try it but he was totally ok with me doing so. He does really like the color now that it is done!
<p> I did a experimental piece with beet juice and did not apply a sealer. In about six weeks it went from reddish to brown. Maybe the sealer will keep that from happening. Thick coffee makes an interesting stain as does the classic steel wool rotted in water.</p>
<p> I did a experimental piece with beet juice and did not apply a sealer. In about six weeks it went from reddish to brown. Maybe the sealer will keep that from happening. Thick coffee makes an interesting stain as does the classic steel wool rotted in water.</p>
Wow! I think this is so cool. you are very creative! I just moved in to an apartment with my husband and we are going to get some <a href="http://www.woodnthings.com" rel="nofollow">wood furniture in New Orleans.</a> I think this would be a great idea for one of our tables for the kitchen!
Awesome job ....and a great idea!!!! I wonder if this would work if you applied it over Kilz
Thank you very much! I am not very familiar with Kilz. If it is oily, I am not sure how well the color could soak in (like the trouble I had over the old stain?). If you have a spare piece of wood I would definitely try it on that first. <br> <br>And this definitely needs some sort of sealant over the top. When it gets wet, the color does lift. We need to do some work on the table so I haven't been able to seal it yet (hubby wants to sand it for part of the repair, kinda silly to finish it first). It still doesn't smell or anything weird like that, I am very pleased!
That's awesome, I'm going to try using some beets too
@Corwim Does this look about it? If so then you have whats known in the south as Polk. is this berry stage it is very poisonous. Do not get on hands and especially around your mouth. <br>but when it is very young(less than 2ft tall) it is picked, cooked and eaten like any other form of greens so long as the stalk is fully green. <br> <br>http://www.instructables.com/files/deriv/FPO/6HJ2/HD4VF8WK/FPO6HJ2HD4VF8WK.SQUARE.jpg <br>
I have never heard of doing this before but I really like the color of it. Maybe I'll have to do this with my <a href="http://www.millstores.com/category.cfm?cattype=1" rel="nofollow">wood furniture in Boston</a> I just got. Can't be expensive either.
Regarding the 'beading' in step 6, did you try anything to break the surface tension of the water such as a few drops of washing-up liquid added to the dye mix?
I did not. Dabbing slowly yielded an even-enough coating, since I was not necessarily trying to get a consistent color across the entire surface. Interesting idea!
@taransa:some kind of purplish red.I don't know what the plant is coz it's a kind of wild plant who has many small fruits with purplish red juice
That is awesome :) (sorry for the delayed reply!)
Looks great,nice job... Im curious to see how the color will change over time as well as the odor... Will it ferment? Will it cause fruit flies? Did you wax over top of the juice?
I was actually going to post an update on that this afternoon. So far I have not done anything on top to seal it. Unsealed, it will come off as you clean up wet spills on it (so, maybe not a big deal on say a picture frame but not good on a table). I plan to try butcher block oil since it is a surface we serve food on, and someday (hopefully) there will be kids who might eat directly off of it. <br> <br>We have not noticed any smell or any extra flies. Granted, we just hit our first big cold snap here (down into the low 50s outside during the day) so it isn't as big a fly season as June would be. I would imagine what fruit/veggies you chose would affect that - some are going to be more sugary than others. <br> <br>So, perhaps if you live somewhere hot (which I do) this would be a better cool weather project, so you could properly let it dry before sealing it. But I do recommend sealing it especially if you think it will get wet.
Awesome!I remember I &lsquo;ve dyed my wooden comb with vegetable stain
Very cool! What color did you dye it?
very cool! It's a shame the industrialized world has moved on to chemical stains when the plants around us give such awesome results. might i suggest <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Introduction-to-wood-staining/step5/Alternative-staining-mixtures/" rel="nofollow">This</a> instructable to do the edges?
I was actually looking at that 'ible before I posted mine (I was trying to see if anyone else had posted about using vegetable based stain). If I do decide to redo the trim at all I will certainly revisit it, though at the moment I am liking the color combo. I will post an updated day time picture this weekend to help show the color that it is better. <br> <br>Thanks for the link - it'll make it much easier to reference later :)
This is wonderful. I'd no idea this was possible. Thanks so much for sharing an alternative to the heavy-in-nasty-chemicals stuff.
You are quite welcome! It was awesome that the strongest smell while I was working was beets lol :)
Great Job! I am always amazed at how much a little cosmetic adjustment, like an application of stain, will change the look of something so dramatically. <br> <br>I like how you left the border unstained to get a two-tone table top.
Thanks! I love customizing what I have - way cheaper than buying custom! <br> <br>I really like the two-tone as well. I was a little unsure if it would work with the final color but it really makes it pop.

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