Walnut stain to stain and protect your renovated furniture

Don’t be fooled by the somewhat unpleasant harsh odors of the Walnut. Used wisely, this product proves to be an excellent natural stain for wood, as well as a good repellent against insects, but watch out for stains! Here is its user manual.

What is walnut husk?

Walnut husk, as its name suggests, is a substance obtained from the shell of stone fruits such as walnuts or almonds. They are green hulls which, when dried, take on a dark brownish brown color. This natural and organic dye is subsequently used to tint old, renovated furniture. The use by cabinetmakers and carpenters of walnut husk dates back to the Middle Ages.

Moreover, presenting no danger to health, walnut husk also acts as a natural dye for hair, but also for fabrics and leather. In addition, this product was also very popular with many famous painters to name Rembrandt for example. Moreover, nowadays, this color is still present in watercolors and calligraphy.

Walnut husk is sold on the market in two forms, namely in powder or in ready-to-use solutions. However, caution is advised when purchasing. Indeed, insofar as this dye is expensive, some traders do not hesitate to pass off Cassel extract for walnut husk. And it’s very easy to be fooled if you don’t know anything about it. It is also a natural pigment but of inferior quality extracted from lignite, a sedimentary mineral rock.

How to use walnut husk?

How to use walnut husk?

To be sure to have good walnut husk, it is best to buy it in a drugstore or in a specialized shop. The easy way out is to choose bottled packaging.

However, this is not the best option because the walnut husk is already diluted in it, so it will be very difficult to obtain a dark shade.

That is why it is better to opt for powder. This way you can get the color you want.

Some precautions should be taken when preparing the walnut husk, as this dye can leave indelible stains.

Recipe to prepare your walnut husk with linseed oil

Choose containers and utensils that you will no longer use and wear rubber gloves while handling the product. Start by diluting walnut husk in lukewarm water. The ideal proportion is 125 grams of powder for half a liter of water. Mix well to dissolve the powder. To obtain the natural shades of wood, you must combine this natural dye with linseed oil pure porridge. Its dosage will then be made according to the desired result.

For a color close to walnut or wenge, add 500 milliliters of linseed oil with 1 liter of liquid walnut husk, otherwise only 250 milliliters of liquid walnut husk for the dark oak. Otherwise, to give the appearance of medium oak to your furniture it will always be 500 milliliters of oil, but this time to be diluted in 70 milliliters of dye. Finally, to obtain the pigmentation of the light oak, mix the same amount of flaxseed oil with 25 milliliters of the solution of water and dried walnut peel powder. For better adhesion, you can add 125 milliliters of turpentine. Make several attempts before applying the stain directly to the surfaces of the furniture to be restored.

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