How to Ebonize Wood

Learn to ebonize less expensive wood yourself so it looks like the real deal and saves you money.

You will need

  • Steel wool
  • 2 plastic jars
  • White vinegar
  • A coffee filter
  • A paint brush
  • Rags
  • Ammonia

Step 1 Place steel wool in a jar Place a piece of steel wool with no soap on it in one of the glass jars.

Step 2 Pour vinegar into the jar Pour white vinegar into the jar, covering the steel wool completely.

Step 3 Soak the steel wool Place the lid tightly on the jar and let the steel wool soak for 48 hours. The steel wool will dissolve.

Step 4 Strain the liquid with a filter Strain the liquid through the coffee filter into the other jar to remove any extra steel wool debris.

Step 5 Brush the solution onto the wood Brush the solution onto the wood, wiping off any excess with the rags.

Step 6 Brush ammonia onto the wood When the wood is as dark as you want it, brush ammonia onto the wood to neutralize the solution and stop the dying process.