How to stain wood with acrylic paint. Great for those times when you don’t have a regular water base wood stain available and you need to get a project done. Great for pallet wood projects
How to stain wood with acrylic paint, easy and budget friendly. Sometimes I don’t have a stain on hand to use when I am ready to start a project and I want a stained wood finish. I have to improvise and this is how I do it.
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Why use acrylic paint instead of stain?
Sometimes I start on a project and realize I don’t have everything I need, so I improvise. This simple trick is easy and does a good job of staining wood for my hand painted signs or rustic painting projects.
This is a small wood square cut from a 1 x 6 pine board. I am going to paint a design on it but I want a wood stain background.
How to stain wood using acrylics
Mix a bit of Burnt Umber paint with some water, I don’t have a specific ratio to give you. I mix the two until it is kind of liquidy. I would say that it is 1/3 water 2/3 paint.
Brush it on as evenly as you can making swift strokes along with the grain of the wood. These first strokes I could tell the stain was a bit thick so I had to add more water.
In the video I mix up a larger batch in a small jar as I was staining larger pieces of wood.
And that is how I stain wood with acrylic paint.
I have all my pieces stained and I didn’t have to make an extra trip to the paint store for wood stain. You can also stain in colors if you wish. Do some test pieces and find one you really like.
Burnt Umber is my go to choice for a dark wood finish.
What wood to stain with acrylics
I don’t think this would be advisable on a large wood project. For the background from my signs or other rustic art projects it works well. The nuances add to the rustic appeal of my hand painted designs. If there is a spot I don’t like, (the orange on the right block above) then I cover it with the painted design.
And that is pretty much it! Easy wasn’t it?