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[7.12.12] Seriously?! -- Vinegar works as a wood stain when you add a metal object in the mix and let it sit in a glass container for a week.  A handful of pre 1970 pennies will produce a beautiful pale Caribbean blue stain.  A wad of steel wool will give you a rich reddish hue.  A combination of tea and a metal object in vinegar will produce a black stain. Log this away for later.

Natural Non-toxic Wood Stain with Coffee, Berries and More

How to Repair Damaged Veneer: makes me want go thrift something damaged

How to Repair Damaged or Missing Veneer

Oil Based Stain Tips & Tricks, by Snazzy Little Things and Minwax

Oil Based Stain Tips & Tricks

Got Wood? Get rid of scratches and dings with a simple wipe. No need to sand and refinish, and it's cheap!! Clean up your wood cabinets, doors, baseboards in a matter of minutes!

This gives the best finish to painted furniture! Click through for a great tutorial on how to paint furniture like a pro.

LiveLoveDIY: The Beginner's Guide to Painting Furniture

The best way to finish wood furniture. (from www.sarahsbigidea...)

Plywood Gets Sexier: My first real tutorial. | Sarah's Big Idea

Stripping Paint (102) ~ all the nooks and crannies! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Tips to help you fake the trendy look of driftwood.

How to Create a Driftwood Finish

Tabletops and other surfaces subject to abrasion benefit from high-build, oil-based finishes that provides maximum durability with just two coats. |

All About Polyurethane

It’s amazing what a coat of gel stain can do to restore a tired-looking piece of furniture. The cool part is that you don’t need to strip the old finish for this to work.

How to Refinish Furniture

How to remove veneer from wood furniture (the easy way!) -

How to remove veneer from wood furniture (the easy way!) -

How to remove and repair those annoying white stains caused by water glasses left too long on your wood furniture. | Photo: William Wright |

How to Fix a Furniture Finish

How to Stain Wood Evenly Without Getting Blotches and Dark Spots. Get a perfect finish on even hard-to-stain woods like cherry and pine. Woods like cherry, pine and birch [and fir] can become blotchy and unattractive when stained, unless you use a sealer before staining. For the best results, test the possible finishes on scrap pieces before you start.

How to Stain Wood Evenly Without Getting Blotches and Dark Spots

Great suggestion on stripping stain (and paint!) from wooden furniture(found at Goodwill, of course!). Perfect for DIYers!

refinish a table top

Refinishing 101 {An Antique Tabletop} -

DIY: 10 paint secrets, tips & tricks you never knew about paint. This is a very useful post!!! Polycrylic is THE BEST clear coat - ever!!!

LiveLoveDIY: 10 Painting Tips & Tricks You Never Knew

Black & Decker Finishing & Refinishing Wood: Techniques & Projects for Fine Wood Finishes by Editors of Creative Publishing. $14.38. Publisher: Creative Publishing international (September 1, 2006). 144 pages