Harvest Wood Charger Plates

November 1 2018

Dress up your table setting with these dye stained charger plates. They add warmth and color to your table and are sure to impress your guests. Perfect for Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving. You can even customize the color to match your table theme!

  • Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Rounds with Bark Edge, 11" x 13", 3/4" Thick
  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye: Tangerine, Sunshine Orange and Cocoa Brown
  • 3-Cup Container
  • Measuring Cup
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Plastic or Metal Stirring Spoon
  • Rubber Gloves
  • 1 1/2" Foam Brushes
  • Sand Paper #220
  • Tack Cloth
  • Fine Steel Wool
  • Clear Polyurethane
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Table Cover
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  1. Cover table with plastic. Gather supplies.
  2. Sand wood lightly, if necessary. Wipe clean with a tack cloth.
  3. Shake dye bottles before pouring. Wearing rubber gloves, mix together 2 cups of very hot water with 1 teaspoon of Tangerine, 1 teaspoon of Sunshine Orange and 1/2 teaspoon of Cocoa Brown. Stir well.
  4. Test dye color on the back side of wood round or with a scrap piece of similar wood. If color is too light, add more dye; if color 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 other side. Wood round can be placed on a dish or jar to elevate it from the work surface when staining and drying.
  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.
  8. Tip: To make the charger plates more versatile for different occasions, consider dyeing each side a different color.
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