Antique Wood Overnight

Ronja Lotte
by Ronja Lotte
12 Hours
Some time ago I started to gradually rework my wooden furniture. I sanded, oiled, varnished and stained but rarely I was able to hit the wood tone that I wanted to create. I like wood which looks old and like it has a story to tell. To find this in pine furniture proved to be not so easy. As always, if I do not know what to do, I started to research on the internet and once again I actually found somethig useful.
What I found was a tutorial on how to mix together a solution of coffee, vinegar and steel wool, which changes wood so it appears to be twenty years older overnight.
final result
the solution of coffee, vinegar and steel wool
before edding the solution
just after adding the solution - seems like nothing but wait! It needs a night to darken the wood.
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  • EK EK on Sep 21, 2018

    How much coffee do you add to the vinegar? And do you use coffee grounds or brewed coffee?

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  • 117135 117135 on Aug 21, 2014
    I had steel wool and vinegar sitting in a jar for months now, waiting for the perfect wood to put it on!

  • Ronja Lotte Ronja Lotte on Aug 21, 2014
    I use it all the time for my woodwork. So I also have one of these jars on my balcony - patiently waiting for its next assignment :-D By now the cats just ignore it like a very dull roommate ;-)