I picked up this cool wooden bowl at an estate sale back in May.
There was a lot of woodworking tools and wood at this sale, so I believe that the homeowner actually made this bowl.
It was very yellow and a light-weight wood. I have no clue what type of wood it was. The first order of business was to beat it up a little. I took a chain, a hammer and an awl to it. It’s kinda fun to purposely “ruin” something.
The next order of business was to change the color. I found this great tutorial involving vinegar and steel wool.
I think perhaps I did it wrong…my steel wool completely dissolved in the vinegar so I had to strain it before using it.
Let the aging begin…
The tutorial was right, it goes on light and gets darker. This picture was taken shortly after I applied a coat to the bottom of the bowl.
And this is what it looked like after only 1 coat.
I love how the “stain” settled into all the dents and dings I created.
It actually looks pretty good in the pictures, but it didn’t look quite this good in person. After much internal debate, I decided to wax it. First I used clear wax and went over the whole bowl and then I went back over sections of it with dark wax.
I love how it looks now. And doesn’t it look great with my vintage croquet balls in it?
Too bad it is not food safe….otherwise I might just have to keep it.
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