Have you noticed the non-traditional colored stains that have recently started popping up on social media sites? I have been asked if CeCe Caldwell’s Paints is going to release them. I  learned to never say never; however, it is highly unlikely. They are not new, and, in fact, they have probably been in your local home improvement center for a long time.

So, not to disappoint those who trust our brand for the health and safety of your self, your children and your home, I thought I would share how you can make the color of your choice  with the CeCe Caldwell’s Paints products you already own. No need to buy a vivid color that you will only use once!

What You Need

  • 2 Tablespoons CeCe Caldwell’s Paints
  • 1/2 cup Endurance Finish or Satin Finish (either work for this project)
  • 1/8 cup Water
  • Mixing Container with lid
  • Stir stick

1. In your mixing container, add your paint, Endurance/Satin Finish, and Water.

2. Mix well.

3. Apply to raw wood, as you would any water-based stain.

(Ratio formula: 1 part paint, 2 parts distilled water, 4 parts Endurance/Satin Finish)

DIY tints

I choose to use our Thomasville Teal with our Endurance. I love the color and like the look of it on raw wood with the grain showing through. I also  made a batch using Satin Finish and Jersey Tomato.

Remember that you do need to use this on raw, unfinished wood for it to stain. If your piece has a finish already, you will need to sand it first.

Yes, it is that easy! There is nothing new to buy.   You will be amazed how far a little over a half-cup will go when staining. Of course, you can always increase or decrease the amount of paint to get the exact color that you like.

Fun Colored Stain Project from RrclaimedHome.com

Fun Colored Stain Project from RrclaimedHome.com

 Tips for Using a Water-Based Stain:

  • Apply with rag or staining pad
  • Use lint-free cloth to wipe any excess stain away
  • Allow each coat to dry thoroughly between applications
  • Lightly sand, going with the grain after each coat
  • Seal finished stained piece with Endurance, Satin Finish or Waxing Cream after final sanding.

If you use this technique, share it on Instagram with the hashtag #CeCeDIYStain or show us on Facebook!