Have I mentioned I'm a lifelong learner? You CAN teach an old gal new tricks!
I was spending more than my shoulda-been-doing-something-else share of time on Pinterest earlier tonight and happened upon a rustic shelf that had been crafted from an "acquired" Home Depot pallet. What most caught my attention was the use of Rit dye to stain the wood. I hadn't seen that done before, but it made total sense ... and think of the range of colors that can be achieved! I also love the fact that it allows the wood grain to show through ...
Now intrigued, I explored a bit further. Becky, from Beyond The Picket Fence, uses an interesting technique that also maintains the look of the wood grain. She uses a combination of paint and Minwax Wood Stain (with sanding in between coats) to achieve this look on some of her wood pieces: (love this!)
I also found a short blurb in Apartment Therapy on making a wood stain from regular paint, enabling the added bonus of matching a particular desired color.
On the Rit Dye consumer page, there is a gallery of projects, and further exploration on the site will give you formulas for colors and lots of tips and how-tos. A purple chair, perhaps??
Hope this has given you something new to consider for future projects - it's got me thinking!
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Have a great weekend!