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Topic: want to color stain your wood? try food coloring!!  (Read 2383 times)
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« on: March 23, 2006 12:52:44 AM »

i mix water with the coloring until i get it to desired shade. apply to dry untreated wood with a sponge brush or small paint brush at least 1"wide. let dry between coats. apply more coats until you get desired depth of color. you can clear coat or not. don't use item for at least 24 hours to secure that all has dried. i'm doing my ikea boxes that way. they are turning out beautiful! i found that gel food color gives a much more bold coloring than liquid food color because they are more consentrated.
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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2006 05:41:14 AM »

interesting....you could probably put a sealant on afterward they are dry to give the wood a little shine. it would give it a little more depth. I'll definitely have to remember this one! Grin
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2006 12:16:32 AM »

yes, this also works on carpet... Roll Eyes found that out by accident.... and my parents dont know yet! hee hee hee....
i think thats all i had o say.... if you want your carpet a different shade, this worka on almost anything! we have dark horrible green, and one patch (in my room thank god) now looks lightly red.... Wink
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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2006 04:25:21 PM »

Wow! I have an unfinished pine table and chairs that I've been meaning to finish for awhile. I'm totally going to use the gel food coloring technique. Maybe kind of a greenish color. Does it work to "stipple" a color onto dry wood I wonder? I'd like to get a mossy effect.....

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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2006 10:46:37 PM »

Try it out on some scrap wood, or maybe on the underside of the table. 

Tea and coffee work to stain wood, too.  Brew them up extra-strong before using them.  They really bring out the grain of the wood nicely, but you definitely need to seal it after staining.

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