How to Use Coffee To Stain Wood (And Look Stunning!)

Have you ever thought of using coffee to stain wood? Coffee has so many uses, from fertilizing your lawn to exfoliating your skin, and the latest trick we’ve found is using it to deepen the colour of our favourite wood pieces.

This brilliant DIY makes it easy to stain wood from the comfort of your home! It’s an easy, genius trick that will save you a trip to the hardware store and will enhance everything from wooden bookends to coffee tables to fireplace mantles.

Keep in mind that different types of wood will absorb different amounts of coffee, resulting in different shades. Oak, ash, chestnut and pine are best for staining and will result in a darker stain. If you want to achieve a lighter stain, use a tighter grained wood, such as poplar.

What You’ll Need:






Step 1: Brew the Coffee

Brew an entire pot of coffee, allowing it to get as dark as you want your stain to be. The stronger the coffee, the darker it will stain. Let the coffee cool before applying it to the wood- this will take about half an hour. Once it’s cooled, pour the coffee into the container you’ll use for this DIY project. Note: If you’re staining a large piece of wood, you may need to make multiple pots of coffee.

Step 2: Sand the Wood

Sand the piece of wood you’ll be staining while the coffee cools. If this piece of wood has stain or paint on it already, this step is especially crucial. Remove any dust to keep it from getting stuck on the wood and use a coarse sandpaper followed by a fine sandpaper for the most polished results!

Step 3: Stain Away!

Now’s the time to stain the wood with your coffee! Dip a sponge, rag, towel, or paintbrush into the cooled coffee and cover every inch of the wood. Complete the stain in even layers so the finished product isn’t rough and uneven.

Step 4: Allow the Wood to Dry and Set

Once you’ve completely covered the wood in the coffee stain, allow it to set for about 15 minutes. If you notice you’d like a darker stain, wait 10 minutes and repeat the staining process again. Once you reach your desired shade of wood, wipe it down and allow it to dry completely.

Ta da! You’ve now completed your DIY wood coffee stain! Pretty easy, right? Follow these steps and you can transform any piece of wood you’d like!