There are any number of dyes out there… I've even heard plain old fashioned RIT dye for clothing works well on wood. Of course, if she really wants pure black, Ive use brush-on enamel with good results.
I have quart of black water based dye I can bring Thursday night if you want to try it… I used it on poplar… but I didn't get solid black… grain did show. Recall my yellow shaker table? Well, I have yellow and red and blue if she would like a little color…!
transtint black dye, seal with a coat of shellac, a coat of black transtint color tinted lacquer, and a couple of coats of clear lacquer polished and buffed will yield a look similar to Asian black lacquered furniture.
When I do black, I don't use stain!, I use a dye of some sort, alcohol based usually, but the india ink thing is worth a try. Whatever you use finish up with a quality wipe on poly and rub out the last coat.
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