How to Weather Wood

Now that we have stopped moving around the country, and have settled into a house (finally) I am really enjoying being able to do some of the stuff I want, and pull out those supplies that have been packed up and moved from house to house! Boy does it feel good! I love working with wood and that is just something you don’t get to do a whole lot of while moving around. So today I’m going to share with you how to weather wood for when you want new wood to look old! I’m not going to lie, there are a few steps involved, but it’s easy (if I can do it so can you!) and TOTALLY worth the final product, I promise (See how I use this technique on a Wood Shim Vase)

How To Weather Wood

Make new wood look OLD with this tutorial on how to Weather Wood. Click through for instructions

 

Before we get started, you will need to know how to make my DIY Wood Stain. So go ahead and make that, because it needs to sit for at least 24 hours before you can use it! This will give you time to gather up all your other supplies and do any prep work! So let’s talk about all the other supplies you will need.

Supplies:

- DIY Wood Stain
- Minwax Dark Walnut Stain
- Lint free cloth or brush
- White Acrylic Paint (or any appropriate kind of white paint)
- Steel Wool (Grade 2 – Coarse)
- Gloves
- Protective Eye Wear (safety first!)

Tutorial:

Let’s talk about our wood real quick. For this tutorial I am using regular ole wood shims, so depending on the type of wood you will be working with, the overall look might vary. Different woods soak up things differently. I just want you to be aware of that before you get started, so you might want to test it somewhere if you have a specific look in mind, ok? Ok! So first you are going to stain your wood with the Minwax Dark Walnut using your lint free cloth (or brush) and let this dry. If you are finishing a piece of furniture you might want to give it a light sanding when you are done. I didn’t do this since I was just working with wood shims, but you should sand between coats if you are looking for a nice finish!

Make new wood look OLD with this tutorial on how to Weather Wood. Click through for instructionsOnce that has dried (and sanded if necessary) You are going to dry brush on a thin coat of white acrylic paint. If you aren’t familiar with dry brushing first put some paint on a paper plate and spread it out kinda thin, then take a dry brush (I like to use the cheap ones from Wal Mart for this) and just get a tiny bit of paint on the end of the bristles. Try and ignore my wintery dried out hands and focus on the paint ; )

Make new wood look OLD with this tutorial on how to Weather Wood. Click through for instructionsNow you are going to just brush this along the wood, re dip in the paint as necessary, but don’t get carried away because you want your brush to remain dry, so get every bit of paint off you can before you get more on there. When you are done it should look like this.

Make new wood look OLD with this tutorial on how to Weather Wood. Click through for instructionsOnce your paint dries, you are going to sand and distress it with your Grade 2 Steel Wool. This is where you are going to want to wear your gloves and wear protective eye wear. Trust me on the gloves, steel wool will be sticking out of your fingers! No fun! Keep sanding until you are happy with the look!

Make new wood look OLD with this tutorial on how to Weather Wood. Click through for instructions

Now clean off any dust residue on your wood, and you are going to apply a coat of the DIY Wood Stain that we just made with the same grade steel wool you used to make your stain! Let fully dry before you apply another coat, because the color does change quite a bit once dry. When you are happy with how it looks, give it a light sanding with a dry piece of the steel wool you applied the stain with. So here is a visual of how the process will look and how the wood changes.

Make new wood look OLD with this tutorial on how to Weather Wood. Click through for instructionsNow you can seal it with your favorite Polyacrylic and finish up any final steps you might have!

Make new wood look OLD with this tutorial on how to Weather Wood. Click through for instructions
If you make anything with this process, I would love to see how it turns out, you can check out my Rustic Wooden Clock Tutorial

DIY Large Wooden Clock

If you are looking for the tutorial on How to Make the DIY Wood Stain, you can find that HERE

Make your own DIY wood stain using just steel wool, vinegar, and instant coffee

 

and here is how I used all those wood shims : ) DIY Wood Shim Vase

Learn how to make this beautiful Rustic Wood Shim Vase via cherishedbliss.com

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Comments

    • Ashley says

      Thanks Lisa! You actually want to make sure the paint is dry before you you sand it…. but doing it while it’s still wet could be a cool look too… I might have to go try that now ; ) Thanks for stopping by!

    • Ashley says

      Thanks Allison! I haven’t tried it on anything big yet, but I’m dying too! Let me know if you do it, I would love to see : )

    • Ashley says

      Thank you so much Amy! I’m so ready to give it a try on something bigger : ) Thanks for stopping by and pinning! xoxo Have a great night!

  1. KatieP says

    I have a paint stick chevron table top I’ve been waiting to finish because I wanted JUST the right look….I think I found it. I’ll let you know how it goes!

    • Ashley says

      Thanks Jocelyn! My sister and I want to make some photo backdrops with it! The first thing she said was it would look good behind her food, lol!

  2. Cally says

    I used your technique for a growth chart in our new house. I had never heard of the DIY stain but it turned out exactly how I had envisioned it . Thank you for this tutorial! I don’t know how to post the photos on here.

  3. Gwen says

    Can’t wait to try this on a project I am planning for my mud room! Going to weather a 5′ long pine board and affix oversized wrought iron coat hooks to it…our big family needs all the organization it can get! :) This stain effect will go perfect with our rustic theme. Thanks so much!

  4. Susan jesky says

    Hello Ashley. I love how the wood looks . It is exactly what I want to do on some sliding doors I have in my bedroom . But they are alraedy painted white . Do I need to sand them down to bear wood to achieve the same look or can I some how get the same look with out all the sanding

    • Ashley says

      To get it cloesest to this look, yes, you would need to sand them down. Mainly because you can’t stain over paint like that, so you would loose all possibility of getting that wood look. It also depends onw hat kind of doors they are. Are they standard closet type doors or are they real wood/lumber? Typical doors won’t have that wood grain to it, so that would play into the look of it quite a bit as well. If you happen to have a picture handy, I could take a look and see what might be your best option : ) my email address is ashley.cherishedbliss at gmail dot com : ) Thanks for stopping by!

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