Monday, November 3, 2014

Make New Wood Look Old and Weathered In 2 Steps and 20 Minutes -My New Technique!

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Happy Monday! I know I would usually be doing a model home tour today, but I'm going to put that on hiatus until the New Year. I have lots to share with you until then! :) As promised last week, here's the how-to on getting new wood looking old in minutes. And...no sanding required like my last technique. This gives it a much softer look.

Make new wood look old and weathered in minutes! It only takes 2 steps

This is going to be a super short picture post because this technique is that easy. :)

First step is to take your wood and 'white wash' it with some white paint and water. I did about a quarter cup of water to a tablespoon of paint. Of course, I made more than that. So, 1 cup of water to 4 tablespoons of paint, etc. I put one coat on, and then waited for it to be semi-dry and did another coat. I then waited about 15 minutes for the whole thing to dry. Drying time might depend on the type of wood you are working with, fyi :)
Make new wood look old and weathered in minutes! It only takes 2 steps
 Next, take your wood and put a layer of dark stain on it. I used Provincial from MiniWax. I didn't let this sit for very long, maybe just enough time to put down the brush and pick up rag. I then wiped it all off.
Make new wood look old and weathered in minutes! It only takes 2 steps
That's it! Yep, easy :) So, you might want to experiment with this a bit before you start. I noticed that with my first dresser doing it this way, it turned out a beautiful grey color, with a little brownish hue:
Make new wood look old and weathered in minutes! It only takes 2 steps
The next time, it turned out that softer brownish/grey color. This was probably due to the amount of white I had on it. So, just experiment :) Put more white on it, or not so much. Let it be completely dry before the stain or a little wet. Leave the stain on a minute, etc. In both cases of doing this, it gave me the perfect weathered looking wood look...which of course, I love :) And you don't have to wait days for steel to sit in vinegar like other methods, or years to age your wood outside. Just minutes. ...with no sanding :) You can check out my other method here:
http://www.thriftyandchic.com/2012/10/how-to-get-new-wood-looking-old-and.html
As always, remember, this will all depend on the type of paint you use, the color of stain and your wood. That's why I always recommend experimenting before you do all the wood for your project, just in case it doesn't turn out quite like you wished :)

5 comments:

  1. What kind of white paint?

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  2. I would like to ask the same as Anonymous! :)

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  3. Probably a water based paint, as adding an oil based paint with water won't work very well.

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  4. I searched forever and tried a few different ways to get this type of finish, but this method is by far the best! I used it on a dining table and bench and it turned out perfect. You're right about the finish being different depending on the amount of white paint and how long you let everything thing dry. I definitely recommend doing any matching pieces at the same time because I had a little trouble getting my table and bench to match. Anyway, thank you so much for sharing this tip! Oh, and here's my table and bench if you are interested: http://awayshewentblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/dining-room-reveal-orc-week-6.html

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  5. Hi Alicia, this looks SO GOOD! I've never done anything like this before but after seeing this I would love to give it a try! In my country there is no brand such as "MiniWax" and I wonder; Could you please tell me more about this stain's features? is it water based? is it wood finishing? maybe some other type? I honestly don't know. Hoping you see this, all the best :) Shahar

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