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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.
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.
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.