Sometimes you want to make wood look old, but you don’t want to buy a whole pot of stain or paint. What then? The alternative ways come into play, which ensures that your wood can also age. One of these is making wood old with coffee. How you can do that is discussed in this article. It’s not the most challenging way, but it works great!
Highlight how to stain wood with coffee
Make a solid pot of coffee or instant coffee. Rub this over an untreated wooden board, cabinet, or wood you intend to work with. The color of coffee enters the wood and does not leave. The color of the coffee is controlled by its strength. Make samples of weak to strong coffee, and then determine which strong coffee you wish to use.
This method is only used on untreated wood or wood that has been ‘bare’ because the coffee on painted wood cannot penetrate the wood.
How to Stain Wood with Coffee
Where do you start when you want to make wood age with coffee?
- Make strong coffee with a filter or use instant coffee.
- Make use of test pieces of the same type of wood if you wish to determine the color of the coffee.
- Make 4 or 5 test pieces of wood and place them on a plastic table. Make a strong pot of coffee (which is not drinkable) or use instant coffee.
- Fill the cups with 50ml, 100ml, or 150ml of water, respectively.
- With this, you can determine how dark you want to “stain” the wood.
- You can also dilute the pot of coffee little by little in one go to the desired effect. Make sure there is enough coffee for the wood that you will probably want to ‘stain‘ in one color. But that is not necessary!
- You can sprinkle the wood with coffee to make it look old, but you can also grab a brush and “stain” the untreated wood with coffee.
- Allow the boards or objects that you have processed with coffee to dry thoroughly.
- When the wood has been bashed with nails, heels, or a hammer, it appears to be natural old wood that has been exposed to the weather for years.
Another way to age wood
There is another way to make new wood look old faster. This method gives a dark color to the wood. The coffee also provides a variety of colors.
Experiment with coffee, vinegar, and steel wool.
If you want to color or stain wood with your homemade mixture of vinegar, steel wool, and coffee, it is helpful to use new wood or never worked. The mixture you use must be able to soak into the wood to stay there permanently. That is, as long as you want.
The stain can not penetrate into the wood because the paint, the mixture with coffee, stops. If you have wood with pieces of paint on it and want to make it old, on pieces that no longer have paint, that is possible. Try it!
How to Make Vinegar Using Steel Wool and Coffee
- Use a glass jar and fill it with vinegar. It should be as much natural vinegar as you think you need for coloring or “staining” your wood. Put a piece of steel wool without soap in the vinegar, and let it stand for a day or two.
- The chemical reaction of the steel wool and vinegar will cause a darkening effect on wood. Add instant coffee after these two days for a warmer brown color. Start with a bit of coffee and add more and more until you have achieved the desired color on the test slats. Use test slats of the same type of wood that you want to ‘stain’ with this mixture. Each kind of wood reacts differently to this mixture of vinegar, steel wool, and coffee.
- Then wipe the wood with a damp cloth and let the wood dry. Now you can see how the wood dries and what the effect has become of the mixture of vinegar, steel wool, and coffee you made.
- Don’t be shy about scraping, hammering, and hitting the wood. It really just gets older.
These are the ways to stain wood with coffee to make it look old.