A few days before my daughter was born I picked up supplies to try my hand at making steel wool and vinegar stain. After testing it out on a coffee table project that never saw the light of day, my daughter was born. And…POOF! I forgot all about my homemade stain. It was like…
A down on its luck single coffee table of three who never had the chance to hold a cup of coffee after its maker stained its soul.
Lifetime channel, get at me!
Two houses later and I’m back at it again, but this time with my dining table. Funnily enough, Rach could deliver our second daughter any day now. But things have changed.
I’m not the same stain-wastin’ fool no mo. Yes, it’s true. I’ve been upgraded! And Rick 2.0 never lets no homemade steel wool and vinegar stain go to waste! Let’s DO THIS!
Building off of my unending (and frankly, annoying) enthusiasm, grab your steel wool and pull it apart like so. You probably shouldn’t do this over granite counter-tops like I am since it makes a fibery, wooly mess. But my wife has long given up on trying to tame my unnecessarily messy self. Perhaps Rick 2.0 needs a firmware update…NAH!
Now that you’re done JUDGING me, take your freakin’ white vinegar and pour it in the jar. Tighten the lid and bring the jar to eye-level and hold it there for 2 minutes.
Now that you’ve looked silly for literally minutes, stash your jar away for 24-hours and call me tomorrow.
When I came back to my jar it looked exactly the same as it did the night before. I expected a color change! Plus, everyone (the internet) told me to give it 24hrs and I would be all set. Ignoring the clarity of the jar, I decided to test it out on some scrap wood.
And would you look at that! Science, you sly dog. You win AGAIN! I bet you’re proud of yourself. It’s been…what? Twelve years since my D in Chemistry? Funny how it only takes twelve years for shame to turn into indifference to turn into pride.
Use a synthetic bristle or foam brush to apply the stain. I modified (cut) a foam brush so that it would fit into my mason jar. Apply your homemade steel wool and vinegar stain generously and with the grain.
Try to do it piece by piece as any overlaps (accidental second coat) will show up darker. If and when this happens (see the top-left corner of the table), we’ll just sand out the dark spots with a fine grit sandpaper(200+ grit) and re-apply stain until properly blended.
Apply as many coats of homemade steel wool and vinegar stain as you like, it’s your project bro! Give the stain a few hours to properly dry and then apply your favorite finish. I used Rust-Oleum Ultimate (water based) polyurethane.
love, rick 2.0