HGTV’s Dave And Jenny Marrs Show Us How To DIY A Gorgeous Natural Wood Stain

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HGTV stars Jenny and Dave Marrs shared that their technique of aging wood works best on porous wood, like pine, because it accepts a staining agent more readily. The father of five showed the Jennifer Hudson Show audience how to make the natural stain. “We got vinegar. We got steel wool. We are essentially making iced tea,” he told Hudson (via YouTube). “We’re going to boil vinegar. We’re going to dump it in some steel wool. And then, you let this sit for an hour. And you have an amazing natural stain.” 

The Journal of Wood Science researched the interaction between steel wool and vinegar and how woodworkers could use the solution to treat or ebonize their timber projects. The journal made several findings that could help DIYers prepare an effective staining solution. They suggest an ideal solution of about 2.7 fluid ounces of distilled white vinegar per gram of super fine aged steel wool. Interestingly, apple cider vinegar produced inconsistent results. And, in case you’re tempted to go out and splurge on some brand-new steel wool, the study found that older steel wool breaks down faster and does a better job. While Dave instructed the audience to let the mixture rest for an hour, the journal article stated it was best to let the vinegar and steel wool solution sit for three days.

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