A Dough Bowl is the perfect container for a table centerpiece! See this quick and easy How to Refinish and Stain a Wood Dough Bowl DIY tutorial to create a farmhouse dough bowl. Instructions and supply list included!
I must confess I have an obsession with wood dough bowls! There is something so comforting about it’s shape and rustic simplicity…knowing that someone held the edges to turn and knead bread for their family….knowing that someone took the time and love to make it out of one solid piece of wood!
In these times of mass manufacturing, veneers and pressed wood, handmade and hand carved items just seem to have so much more meaning.
Actual hands went into making this dough bowl….not motors or computerized plans or assembly lines…just one person and some effort and time.
So I was absolutely thrilled to find a very plain, unfinished dough bowl and give it an easy, quick makeover!
Here’s the DIY instructions and supplies – How to Refinish and Stain a Wood Dough Bowl:
How to Stain and Refinish a Dough Bowl DIY Tutorial
You can use this staining method for any piece of wood furniture you have too!
Here’s what my dough bowl looked like:
This is such a quick and easy makeover!
– Dark Walnut Wood Finish Interior Wood Stain
– American Colonial Wood Finish Interior Wood Stain
– Paste Finishing Wax in Natural
– an old paint brush or cloth for staining
– an old cloth for waxing
Directions to refinish and stain the bowl:
1. Brush on 2 coats of Dark Walnut Wood Finish Interior Wood Stain mixed with American Colonial Wood Finish Interior Wood Stain (equal amounts of both stains mixed in a plastic cup)
2. Let dry in between each coat.
3. Add one coat of Paste Finishing Wax in Natural with a cloth to seal it .
This is how it looks refinished and stain – gorgeous right?:
Look at how the stain and wax exposed and accented the beautiful grain and the wood tones! Love it!
I knew the perfect place to showcase it would be my coffee table!
I filled my antiqued dough bowl with a collection of driftwood, feathers and seashells that I collected the last time I visited my home town, which is on the shores of a crystal clear lake.
I love how my dough bowl centerpiece looks with my birch bark candles and white birch logs.
I stacked the birch logs in wooden wine crates and placed them under my coffee table:
I love how this dough bowl pairs with our hardwood floors too!
Every room needs rhythm, balance and contrast.
The birch candles and my Waverly pillows in pretty shades of grey and blue give a fabulous pop of contrast to our leather sectional sofa!
The antique dough bowl DIY adds rustic contrast to our glam chrome coffee table too.
I’m so happy with the combination of modern and rustic design that I’ve created in our living room!
Room sources (click on the links below to see more about each item!)
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keri @ shaken together says
I absolutely love the centerpiece and especially paired with the birch logs in those crates – gorgeous!
Jacque n Matt Knowlton says
The stain finish is perfect, I would never know it was raw wood before you stained it!
Heather SettingforFour says
Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia says
this is so pretty! I love it on the table!
I love this idea, so simple and so chic. Marty
Heather SettingforFour says
Thanks Marty for your sweet comments!
Unbelievable that you found that gorgeous bowl for 3.00, that was great luck. You stained it beautifully and it looks so elegant with your furnishings and that centerpiece is very chic.
Christine Graves says
I am with you, I love dough bowls. You found a great score!
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