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The chemical formula is: 4Fe + 3O2 = 2Fe2O3

Clears things right up doesn't it....maybe not?

That reddish-brown crud we call "rust" is all around us, yet we probably rarely think much about it. It turns out what we call rust is a chemical process that combines iron and oxygen to form iron oxide."

During this reaction the iron atoms are passing electrons to the oxygen atoms, a transfer that is called . In the process the atoms are bound together forming rust.

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When rust and vinegar react with the in the wood they create the color or shade we see similar to

Tannins or Tannic Acid is also responsible for making wine, which is why wine is created in wood barrels! ​


It doesn't have to be a mason jar per se. Any sealable jar will work. Pickle Jar...​

Depending on the size of your project, approximately 1/4 cup should do it. ​

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Use 1 full pad. works best because it breaks down quicker.​

Fill the jar approximately 3/4 of the way to the top. ​

Anywhere between 12-24 hours will do the trick. ​

​Using the steel wool pad you let soak in the mixture, rub the into the wood ensuring full coverage.

At first you won't notice much of a difference. It just looks like you spread coffee grounds and vinegar all over your wood.

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After about twenty minutes you'll start to notice what looks like a moldy grey blotchy coverage.

First coat - Twenty minutes later...

What you're seeing is the concoction reacting with the tannins in the wood.

Depending on the look you're going for, add another two coats, waiting around twenty minutes between each . It's interesting what happens next...

Second coat - Another twenty minutes...

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Third coat - And another twenty minutes pass...

Whoa! It's pretty drastic from the first coat. But, really neat nonetheless​.

This is where you decide if you want to lighten it up with some sanding, or add a coat or two of polyurethane to give it some protection.

I personally would use a semi-gloss or to maintain the style this homemade coffee stain provides. ​

The "" look this stain offers is really neat and unique. Play around with it to get the ideal look. I suggest using a scrap piece of wood to get the formula right before applying to your final project piece.

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​Use the scale of the wood frame in this tutorial to determine your ratios for the size project you're doing.

In example, this is a small coverage area and the ratios are: small mason jar, 1/4 cup of coffee grounds, 1 steel wool pad, approximately 2 cups of vinegar.

​So, increase the ratios for larger projects...​

The cool thing about this stain ) is that it basically dries similar to water. It only takes a few minutes. The smell will go away in a few hours as well.

Naturally, adding polyurethane will seal the stain and protect the wood.

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Give it a try, and as always, have fun!


Watch the full tutorial from Thread Banger .


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