Coffee beans gorgeous hues leave a perfect light to medium brown tint behind both non-toxic and natural.
Vegan, cruelty-free, and all natural everything we love!
Traditional wood stains reek!
Not to mention, they are one of the most toxic products you can put inside your home. Most wood stains are not tested for food safety... why does that matter? Well, taking care of our lungs & brain plays a vital role in living a healthy lifestyle. So, minimize some toxins in your home by switching to a non-toxic stain like this one.
To my surprise, this coffee stain actually works!
It's made with simple food-grade ingredients that you already have at home.
I had so much fun with this project, I hope you do too!
(Note: Below I've attached a link where you can learn more about what to look for  if you want to purchase cleaner wood stains & finishes at the store, save it for reference.) Oh, before you start this project, no, the coffee smell won't remain on the wood. 

Here's the recipe:


You'll Need: 

-Ruta Maya Organic Whole Bean Espresso 9 oz (make sure it's whole bean, you'll grind this fresh especially for this project)

-40 oz of Hot Boiling Water

-Stainless Steel Bowl to hold contents with a lid (you can also put a plate on top)


- Foam Brush

- Large Cloth/ Sheet to protect your floor from getting stained

-Wood Conditioner/ Sealant

-Cloth to buff Wood Conditioner 

 ( Photo: I gave some life to scraps of pine wood. From left to right: Coffee Stain & Conditioned/Sealed, Coffee Stain with no Conditioner/Sealant, Sanded down Pine Wood)




Take your Ruta Maya Organic Whole Coffee Beans and freshly grind them. In your kettle, boil 40 oz of hot water. Combined the two into the stainless steel bowl. Put the lid on top and allow this solution to steep for at least 3 hours (I allowed mine to step for 24 hours). When the solution is ready, with your strainer separate the grounds from liquid. You can freeze the grounds for another project or use them for your compost.


Now that you have separated the solution, carefully apply the stain in one direction. Oh, It's very important that you protect your floor or wall with a cloth or sheet, this is a stain after all.  Don't forget that your wood should be prepped for this stain ( sanded down so the coffee stain can soak into the wood). For the best application, be mindful in which direction your wood is placed. If you see the coffee stain dripping on to of the wood, smooth out those lines with your foam brush. Allow sides to dry some before you turn over the stained wood and work on the other sides.

I found two coats should work out fine but that depends how you want the color to look. I used some scraps of sanded down pinewood for reference. Depending on the wood you use, your results will vary and the number of coats will vary. Lastly, I found that the end cuts of the wood only need light sanding if any as they soak up color immediately, you may only need one light coat. 

 BUFF IN A WOOD CONDITIONER/SEALANT to protect the color from the elements.


Don't forget to enhance the color & grain of your wood! Once the wood is fully dried (24 hours) please seal the color in with our Natural Beeswax Wood Conditioner & Protectant. Simply apply a thin layer and buff in. Two coats is suggested. Learn more by clicking here. 

Happy experimenting! Let me know your experience below!


Want to skip this DIY? Learn more about cleaner wood stains & finishes. Click link below to discover how to select a cleaner one at the store.  

Wood Stains & Finishes | EWG’s Healthy Living: Home Guide


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