If you are a regular reader around these parts, then you know I've been working on my downstairs family room lately. I said I would post more about how I stained the desk top.
Instead of using stain like a normal person, I decided to try something I had seen on Pinterest.
THE CLAIM: You can mix steel wool and vinegar together, let it sit for 24+ hours, then brush it onto wood to stain it.
Many of the pages I read (HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE) said that this technique gives you an antique barnwood look. I thought that would be great for downstairs, so I gave it a whirl.
Here I am painting on the stinky metallic liquid:
I was sure it wasn't going to work. At first, it looked like I was just brushing the table top with water. I did three coats and ended up with a pinkish, weird looking finish. And the three coats raised the wood grain so much in some areas that I ended up having a few slivers that came out completely. I thought the project was a bust, but I figured I would just add the polyurethane coat and see what happened before I bought a whole new piece of wood and started over.
Well, wouldn't you know that the polyurethane worked it's magic and I ended up with a rich, warm, shiny brown finish.
Even though it was not what I had expected, I love how it turned out!
So... did it work? Yes. Would I recommend it? No.
It is too unpredictable. You just don't know what color you are going to end up with.
It also raises the woodgrain, causing damage, stress and extra work.
Here's the worst of the damaged spots:
I tried filling in the gouge left from the raised woodgrain with putty, which just made it look worse. Luckily, it's under the keyboard, so it doesn't show.