These homemade wood stains are inexpensive (like cost-you-pennies cheap), easy to make yourself, and easy to use without the strong smells of off-the-shelf stains. 

How to Make Homemade DIY Wood Stains

Pro: DIY wood stain is inexpensive. Especially if you catch a sale, you could buy all of the ingredients to make several batches of DIY wood stains 

Pros and Cons of Homemade DIY Wood Stain 

Con: DIY wood stain takes time. If you need the project done and stained today, mixing up your own stain won’t meet your deadline since it takes time for the vinegar, steel wool, and other ingredients to break down enough to create the homemade wood stain to age the wood.

We mixed up 4 homemade wood stain recipes and tested each recipe with several homemade pre-stain wood conditioners straight from the kitchen pantry!

DIY Wood Stain Recipes

The possibilities with homemade wood stains are so vast, you could mix and match all day to get just the color you want.

we were really surprised to notice that the pre-stain application of white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, black tea, and coffee made more of an impact on the finished color than the makeup of the stain itself.

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