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Rit Dye

By Rit Dye Team

November 13, 2017

Project Description

Create a festive table setting with these dye-stained wood chargers from Walnut Hollow. Customize the color to match the decor in your home for this holiday season.


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 2 hours

Rit Products Used


You'll Also Need

  •   Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Rounds with bark edge 11"x13" 3/4" thick

  •    3-cup container (plastic or glass)

  •    1 1/2" foam brushes

  •    sand paper #220

  •    tack cloth

  •    fine steel wool

  •    clear polyurethane

  •    jar or dish for holding/drying wood round

  •   latex gloves

  •   measuring cup

  •   measuring spoons

  •   large metal spoon

  •   paper towels

  •   plastic table cover

Step By Step

  1. Cover table with plastic. Gather supplies.

  2. Sand wood lightly, if necessary. Wipe clean with a tack cloth.

  3. Dye Preparation: Shake dye bottles before pouring. Wearing latex gloves, mix together 1 cup very hot water with 1 ½ teaspoons Cherry Red and ¼ teaspoon Cocoa Brown in a 3-cup dye container. Stir well. Tip: To make the charger plates more versatile for different occasions, consider dyeing each side a different color.

  4. Test dye color on back side of wood round or scrap piece of similar wood. If color is too light, add more dye; if it is too dark, add more water. Dye will appear lighter when dry.

  5. Brush dye on wood round using a foam brush. Avoid brushing dye on edge of bark. Unwanted dye drips can be removed by sanding wood immediately. Start on one side and then turn over to the other side. Wood round can be placed on a jar or dish to elevate it from the work surface when dye-staining and drying. Keep dye hot during the wood staining process for better dye absorption. Reheat dye in the microwave for one minute. Tip: Dyes can be stored in jelly jars, then heated and reused several times.

  6. Let wood round dry. If color is too light, reheat dye and apply a second coat. Let dry overnight.

  7. To seal dye-stained wood, apply a coat of clear polyurethane using a new foam brush. Let dry. If a second coat of polyurethane is needed, rub wood lightly with fine steel wool. Remove dust with a tack cloth before applying polyurethane.




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