Have an awesome idea for a project and want to use stain but don’t have any? This was a problem I faced a few times and now I have a solution for you that will work so well, you won’t be able to tell the difference between real stain and this!
Want to know what the secret is? Craft paint! By watering down craft paint, you can easily create stained wood projects. Here’s how ya’ do it!
You can stain wood in any color using this method. I chose to stain this planter box brown so I mixed red, yellow and blue craft paint. The trick to get the perfect color brown is to keep adding a little of every color and mix well. Then, add white to lighten it up as much as you’d like.
After you’ve achieved the perfect shade, add water a little at a time until it is thinner. You don’t want it too watery.
I used a paper towel to apply this stain although you could use a sponge brush or rag. It’s a good idea to wear a glove because this can get a little messy.
I thought that it was a little too light so I applied two coats and allowed it to dry overnight.
Works great, doesn’t it? This method may work well also for creating a weathered effect. Just add some white paint on top and gently sand down some areas for that worn look and the stain will show through.
I would really love to know if this method works well for you. I really wanted to test it out using a grey tone, but I was too much of a wuss! LOL!