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How to Stain Wood Naturally with Coffee

What you need:

1 cup of coffee grounds (the darker, the better)

1 ¼ cup of boiling water

Coffee filter

Mesh strainer

Whatever piece of wood you want to stain

Fine grit sand paper


Towel or rag

Put the coffee grounds into a bowl that can withstand high heat. Carefully pour your boiling water over the grounds and let sit for at least 30 minutes and until cool. Place a coffee filter in the mesh strainer and slowly pour the water and coffee grounds mixture through the filter and into a container that will hold your coffee stain. It’s also good to choose a container that you can easily dip your paintbrush into.

Setup the wood you wish to stain in a safe area to get messy or cover the floors/surrounding furniture (I like to do this entire project outside, if weather permits. I get Pandora going, sip on some tea, zone out, and get crafty.) Use a fine grit sand paper to sand the surface, edges, and sides. Wipe the surface clean with a dry rag or towel to remove any dust.

Now you can get to staining! Dip your paintbrush into the coffee stain, let most of the excess drip off for a few seconds, and brush the stain onto the wood. Use even strokes and be sure to cover all visible areas. Do not use so much stain that it pools on the surface. Allow to dry (I did not wipe off excess stain, as opposed to if you are using an oil based stain. I let it soak into the wood). Repeat stain layers until you achieve the desired shade.