So, after I finished the stained Colorado flag, my wife showed it off to her friends and the comments rolled in. One comment I agreed with and wanted to try out. What was that? To pickle this thing!
What is pickling? Well, pickling was big in the 50’s and is making a comeback recently. Basically, it is staining wood white using a water-based stain (see link here for what I used). Interesting concept, right?
Here is the side by side:
It added some to the whiteness of the white part of the flag. Since it’s water-based, the stain takes a little to soak into the wood. If it were a more porous wood (i.e. oak), it would soak in a little deeper.
Here is what the whole thing looks like:
The white makes the red and gold look… more red and gold.
Overall, I don’t really like it too much. I think the natural color was more woody and less pickled. One of the major (if not only) drawback to whitewashing was re-taping and then staining over the tape. The wood bled all over the blue and now there are twice as many bleeds.
I hate bleeds!