Homemade Stain – Colored

homemade stain colored

Have you needed some funky color wood stain, but you can't find anything remotely close at the hardware store?  

Tired of browsing the countless shades of stain, only to find a million shades of neutral colors like brown and grey?

​This quick and easy 7 step method will invoke the creative "you" that has been aching to break through.  

What You'll Need

Are you ready to create this...

colored wood stain

From this...

colored wood stain

1. Assemble Materials

There are a minimal amount of materials needed for this project.  

Quick tip: The quality of paint does not really matter.  You will be watering it down considerably, so don't waste your money on high-dollar paints.  ​

colored wood stain

2. Add Water

For this project you want a 2:1 ratio.  1 part paint to 2 parts water.  

The measurements will depend on the size of the surface you're covering.  

colored wood stain

3. Add Paint

Now for the "1" ratio, adding the paint.  Just remember, this isn't an exact science.  

If you want the mixture to be thinner, just add more water.  You really can't mess it up.  If it's too thin, add paint.  

The only thing you might get wrong is having more of your mixture than you can use.  

colored wood stain

4. Mix Thoroughly

Make sure to mix furiously.  The end result should be something similar to the consistency of milk. 

colored wood stain

5. Apply To Surface

The vehicle you choose to use to apply the paint is entirely up to you.  For small applications a foam brush works nice because it is disposable, but for larger areas a brush is preferred.  

colored wood stain

6. Dab and Wipe With Papertowel

At first it's going to look like you just painted the wood.  But, all is not lost.  

Thanks to the 2:1 ratio of water you added to the paint, you can dab the paint while it is still wet and then wipe away to let the wood grain show through.  

Ultimately, you'll have a transparent color staining the wood!​

colored wood stain
colored wood stain
colored wood stain

7. Finish

A finishing wax offers wipe on protection without changing the look of the wood.  

Generally speaking, oil or water based polyurethanes will darken the color, and depending on the sheen, add a glossy finish.   

colored wood stain
colored wood stain

All finished!

colored wood stain

Watch the full tutorial from Mr. DIY Dork below.  

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About Brandon Potters

Hi, I’m Brandon and I can’t express how excited I am that you chose The Saw Guy as your resource for project ideas, tool reviews, and all-around guide to the world of DIY. I spent years in the construction industry refining my knowledge of various trades and even spent a few years working at a major hardware store. ​If there is anyone who can help you make a well-informed, unbiased, budget-conscious decision, it’s me and my team.

1 thought on “Homemade Stain – Colored”

  1. OMG! Thank you for your colored staining technique!! You just saved me a lot of money!! I’ll send pictures when done!!


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