1. Boil 4 cups of water in a medium-sized pot.

2. Add 4 or more bags of strong black tea (we used Prince of Wales) to the boiling water, depending how dark you want your stain.

3. Continue to boil until the water is reduced by about half, around 20 to 30 minutes.

4. Remove from heat and allow tea to cool for about 10 minutes.

5. Place a towel underneath the object to be stained to absorb drips.

6. If you are staining a lampshade, like we did, perch the center of it on a vase or similar object to keep it raised above the towel (for drying).

7. Paint the tea on with a foam brush (that’s the route we chose), a regular brush, a rag or whatever works for you.

8. Be sure to brush out any streaks, unless you want them.

9. Use a lint-free towel to remove any drips, if necessary.

10. Let dry before handling.