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)
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.
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!