Make your own wood stain instead of using commercial wood stain. Commercial stains are used for a dark wood look or faux effects, but I read that by mixing old brewed coffee and black tea, you can create your own homemade stain. Let home brewed coffee and a tea bag sit for about a day or two in a full coffee pot. The stain won't cost you more than $3. Lemme know if you give it a try!
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