A few years ago I went to woodworking show. One of products being demonstrated was wood dye. I was amazed how common pine could be transformed into a deep, rich color using wood dye. I immediately thought of my quest to achieve IKEA’s signature brown-black color. Could wood dye be the answer? Yes and no.
I’ve tried wood dye on several projects, and for me, it has its place. Yes, you can achieve a dark finish on pine. The issue I have is it leaves the wood looking “flat”. Despite topping with a clear finish, to me, the wood grain looked dull. Perhaps it would look better if it were topped with polyurethane or sprayed with a clear coat, but I’m not a fan of either of those.
Where I think it works is best is on rustic looking furniture or projects where you want a dull, aged look. I’ve used it inside of antique-style jelly cupboards and signs and it looked great. My recommendation is to test it before applying it to your finished project.
Here’s a sign I made for a wedding and the wood dye worked great for that rustic look.