How to Grunge a Printable with Coffee Stain

Add a vintage, weathered and rusty look to a printable sign using coffee and cinnamon. Watch the video, grab the printable and enter the giveaway!

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If you love a curated home, antiques are a great way to add character, warmth, interest and the feel of longevity! Vintage and antique pieces have history and stories, so using them to decorate our homes adds character and a sense of home.

So what to do when your budget doesn't allow for authentic antique pieces? I'm going to show you how to create the look of an antique on a shoestring!

Don't miss the giveaway!

Keep reading for your chance to win a 16x20 flea market black and white printable that I will mail right to your door!

Use Coffee Stain to Give a Primitive Look to a Printable

This flea market printable is one that I've created, and it's available to my subscribers for free! You can use it as is, but today I'm sharing a simple and easy way to give a black and white printable a vintage look in just a couple of steps using common ingredients you probably already have.


*if you are already a subscriber, you have access to my Printables Resource Library for free! Look for the link in Sunday's newsletter (or email me for the link). If you're not a subscriber, you can sign up here.

**wait until Michaels has their frames on sale, to get it for 40% or 50% off

Tips for success

You will need to print your design using a laser jet printer. If you use an inkjet printer (common at home), the ink is not water soluble and will bleed and run when you apply the coffee stain. I print at either Walgreens or Office Depot, depending on who has the best coupons and deals at the time.

This Flea Market printable is my own design available to subscribers for personal use only.

Right now the printable is black and white, but I'm going to show you in my video exactly how to grunge it up using coffee stain. This original recipe is from my friend Tracey at My Sweet Home Living. Use it to add primitive, vintage color to fabric, wood, paper and more!

Coffee Grunge Stain Recipe

1 cup hot water
1/2 cup instant coffee
2 Tbsp vanilla
2 Tbsp cinnamon

Use the cheapest ingredients you can find! Add them to a mason jar with a tight fitting lid and shake to combine. Store in fridge. When ready to use, heat up in microwave for 30 seconds.

DIY Sign Tutorial

Be sure to watch this video to see how I added vintage, grungy style to this printable! Can you believe how fast that was?

It took just a few minutes to turn a bright white sign into a weathered, antique looking piece that adds warmth to my home! The little bits of rust are instant coffee!

Help me celebrate 10 years of blogging

This month marks 10 years since the birth of DIY Beautify! 🎉🎉 What began as a way to share creative interests with you has turned into so much more! Sharing budget friendly home decor, DIYs and crafts and inspiring you has blessed me so much more than I ever expected! If you're new here, you have 10 years of creative ideas to catch up with, LOL!


Congratulations to Megan S!

I'm giving away a copy of this 16x20 Flea Market printable in black and white! It's thick and glossy and you can choose to use it as is or grungy it up like I did in the video!

Here's how to enter:

  1. Subscribe to my newsletter here. Already a subscriber? Let me know in the comments how long you've been following along!
  2. Subscribe to my YouTube channel here.
  3. Come back here and leave a comment letting me know where you subscribed, and what email address you used. Important: I will contact the winner via email, so be sure to leave your current email!
The giveaway is open to US residents only, and runs from August 5 to August 12, 2023. Winner will be notified via email.

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  1. I absolutely adore your Blog and look forward to your email everyday. I also enjoy your you tube tutorials! The white chippy bench and the sunflowers made out of canning jar lids are 2 of my favorties. I have been following you for about 3 years now I believe. You are very inspiring. This is an exciting giveaway. Thanks for the chance and hurray to 10 years!!!!

  2. I’ve been a subscriber for around 5 yrs. Also watched your video and have used some of your printables. Thank you for all the goodies!

  3. I made a comment before but it didn’t show my name. I’ve been a subscriber for 5 years and really enjoy your Blog and print Ables too! Thank you Cindy🌹

  4. I have been following you about a year I think and love your blog! I didn't know you had a youtube channel so I am subscribing! I love signs that look old and hope to try this soon, thank you!

  5. Oh my golly, that sign is super cute! Love the staining. Great idea. pinned

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  10. What a fabulous idea using coffee to antique a printable sign! The video is amazing, shows every detail. Thanks for the inspiring idea!

  11. Hi! I just subscribed to your newsletter and youtube channel. Have enjoyed your blog for several years--congratulations! My email address is Thanks!

    1. I also didn't know it would say my name is Anonymous. Norma Dickerson here. Thanks again for all you do!

  12. FABULOUS tutorial! Don't forget to join us over at the Creative Crafts Linky Party every Wednesday through Sunday
    Followed and Pinned!
    Creatively, Beth

  13. Hi. I just subscribed! I came here from Funky Junk and am really looking forward to all the tips and ideas!

  14. Hi Me to i came here from Funky Junk and i can't find your printables.

    1. Welcome! My printables library is free for subscribers. The link is in every email!

  15. We will be featuring you starting Wednesday at the Creative Crafts Linky Party! Pinned and shared!
    Creatively, Beth


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