How to Use Coffee to Stain Wood

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How to Use Coffee to Stain Wood
Aside from being a great beverage, coffee provides you with an all-natural wood stain. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

The act of staining refers to adding colour to raw wood. Different types of woods react differently with a single stain as the natural hue of the wood interacts with the added pigment. Many store bought stains consist of a cocktail of chemicals that some homeowners would rather not bring into their homes. Luckily, you can use all-natural, alternative staining agents such as tea, berries or coffee. Using coffee as a staining agent will colour raw would a light to medium brown. It is also easier to control than standard staining products.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Coffee
  • Coffee pot or maker
  • Coarse and fine sandpaper
  • Feather duster
  • Plastic container
  • 1/2 teaspoon alum
  • Paintbrush
  • Rag

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Brew a pot of strong coffee as your normally would. Allow the coffee to cool.

  2. 2

    Sand the wood that you intend to stain with coarse sandpaper, rubbing the paper evenly over the surface. Dust the wood with a feather duster and repeat with fine sandpaper. Dust again.

  3. 3

    Pour the coffee into a plastic container. Add 1/2 teaspoon of alum to the coffee. Mix thoroughly with your paintbrush. The alum will act as a fixative.

  4. 4

    Dip your paintbrush into the coffee and run the paintbrush evenly over the wood. Repeat until you have covered the wood surface completely. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Dab any damp spots and repeat two to four more times, depending on how dark you want the wood to be.

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