After stripping most of the Minwax and then outer layer.
after the first coat of the vinegar-steel wool solution. It’s already starting to oxidize.
Later that night
First coat of sealer. Top soaked it up.
Too shiny! Right before using steel wool.
In the house. You can see a slight sheen. Much of the shine is gone.
Side table is done!
It was a quick, fun project especially after learning about a more natural way of staining the wood.
I wasn’t pleased with the Minwax express stuff so I sanded much of it off and threw on 2 coats of strong black tea. The next day I put 2 coats of the vinegar-steel wool solution and then one more coat of tea that night.
2 coats of polyurethane on the sides, 3 on the top.
The result was still too shiny for modern so I used ‘0000’ steel wool to dull the shine.
It’s pretty cool now and once I get wood or bamboo flooring, I’ll need to add some feet to protect it from scuffs.
I got more sand paper so I took some of that top layer off the trunk today. It was also to make sure I didn’t have any potential splinters.
I just added a first coat of very strong black tea. Like 3 family size bags for a quart of water strong.
I think it is bringing out some of the reds which is nice.
In the meantime, I’ve got a mason jar with steel wool and vinegar.
I should get a coat tomorrow and see if there’s a chemical reaction.
I really should start thinking outside the box instead of going to the big box store and picking up some minwax stain.
THIS was what I was trying to achieve…something that didn’t look new. Something that showed character.
So I’ll be sanding down my stump table tonight and opting for this method. Luckily I did buy a water based stain and haven’t poly sealed it.
The nerdy scientist in me likes that by introducing the steel wool-vinegar mixture, it will produce a reaction to the tea that varies depending on the wood.
I Should Have Done This
I had gotten this cedar stump last summer and had wrapped sisal rope around it. It was going to be a scratching post for the kitties.
They don’t use it other than to jump onto it and then onto another piece of furniture.
I will be sanding the top and staining it soon to make into a side table. I don’t know if I’ll add legs to it or not it is a pretty good height and fits my laptop. Not much else but it could be a cool piece of furniture. 🙂
This should be pretty easy…sand/plane the top smooth, stain and seal.
I wonder if I could make something like that?
Cool MCM table