How to stain a rice paper lamp
June 15, 2005 7:21 PM   Subscribe

How do I stain or age white japanese style rice paper floor lamp to look old?

I bought two lamps, Nogouch ceiling lamp and fake floor lamp, both made of rice paper and bamboo. The original celing rice paper lamp looks great. They are more yellowish and look authentic as they are. However, the fake floor lamp purchased from target (Suki Lamp) is pure white as if it just came out of factory. I would like to match the color. I guess I can set the floor lamp under sun for long time to discolor the thing... but this takes too long i think.

Is there a spray or some sort of stain method to make the white rice paper to become look more aged?
posted by curiousleo to Home & Garden (5 answers total)
Dilute black tea works well.
posted by PurplePorpoise at 7:28 PM on June 15, 2005

seconded. tea and coffee are the best way to fake age paper.
posted by Kellydamnit at 7:44 PM on June 15, 2005

Oh, and singe the edges and write `Here Be Treasure', along with a crude map.

Ah, childhood memories.

Yes, tea is definitely the standard method. Sun might damage the material and make it brittle.
posted by tomble at 7:52 PM on June 15, 2005

You can use the tea bag as a brush, but experiment on scrap paper first.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 8:04 PM on June 15, 2005

Tea it is...
posted by curiousleo at 6:56 AM on June 16, 2005

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