How To Make Colorful Wood Stain
Today I'm going to share how easy it was to make that great blue "wood stain" from my Home Sweet Home wall art I shared last week. I'll use the term wood stain loosely, but essentially, it stained the wood, so I'm calling it wood stain.
Here's what you will need:
Something to stain (I used this basswood round)
Acrylic Paint in your choice of color (this is the paint I used)
So, all you need to do is mix a little bit of paint into some water to fully dilute it. That's it! Add as much paint as you want to get a darker color, just add plenty of water to keep the thin consistency.
Always have a test board available (or use the backside of the board you are working on) to check the color. Since you are working with unfinished wood and water, this stain is going to soak in super fast, like you will barely be able to brush it fast! So, work quickly to brush it on with the grain and let it dry fully between coats.
You are not going to get a perfectly even finish with this method, but if you are going for the rustic look, you will be just fine. I went over the entire piece a couple of times with a fine grit sandpaper to even out some of spots where the color was really uneven, and to lighten up the entire thing just a bit too.
A quick wipe down with a slightly damp rag, and it was all done!
I really love this blue finish, I'm so glad I went with a stained finish on this piece instead of a fully painted finish. Letting the wood grain show through and still adding color is the best of both worlds.