Just finished a project made with reclaimed pine. - high benchtop rack for
slo-cooker, microwave, toasters/breadmaker and all those rarely-used but
space-occupying things - pasta folders, thermos flasks, tinned anchovy puree
with chives etc.
Leaving it unvarnished (it's quite "antique pine" dark anyway) for a while
until I'm sure I don't need to alter or add anything but put into temporary
service but thought I ought to do something about the old screw holes, knife
marks and stuff even though I had no good quality filler to hand.
Took scoop from tub of brilliant white cellulose filler (poundland !!) and
added a few granules of nescafe. Result - extremely close match, no mixing-in
problems or unwanted dilution and the left-over makes a delicious and filling
snack spread on a piece of cardboard.
I've used wrung-out tea bags and/or wood stain in the past, but it tends to
make the mix a bit too wet if I'm trying to darken the filler appreciably.
The coffee keeps it stiff (!) and the granules dissolve completely and almost
I doubt the colour will fade, but I wondered if anyone else had experienced
problems with their own beveragely-enhanced projects? (how about THAT for a
I know unvarnished pine tends to darken but I have no idea if this is an
ongoing process once it has obviously changed. Experience?
er... don't try the snack thing.