Gather your supplies
• Wooden stools
• Tea bags (box of 100)
You’ll also need
Steel wool; white vinegar; glass jar with sealable lid; stirrer; large heatproof mixing bowl; ladle; sieve; paintbrush; fine-grit sandpaper (optional); Cabot’s Cabothane Clear water-based (optional).
Making the stain
Place a generous handful of steel wool in glass jar. Cover wool with 50/50 mix of vinegar and water. Gently stir and leave to sit for about 3 hours.
Pour most of the liquid out of jar and discard, leaving only 1cm of darker liquid at bottom of jar. Leave steel wool in jar and set aside in a safe spot to rust for a further 48 hours.
Place tea bags in large bowl and cover with boiling water. Gently stir bags and leave in a safe spot to brew and cool.
Using ladle, transfer tea mix into the glass jar containing rusted steel wool. The stain will turn a deep charcoal colour.
Pour stain through sieve back into bowl or another jar. Remove steel wool and discard. If using a bowl, rinse out jar and pour mix back into it ready to use.
Staining the stools
Using a paintbrush and even brush strokes, coat stools with 1 to 2 coats of stain depending on desired depth of colour. Allow time to dry between coats.
To further protect stools, lightly rub with fine-grit sandpaper, brush away dust and apply 2 coats of Cabothane Clear. Allow time to dry between coats.