18 April 2013

D-I-Y Weathered Wood (part 2 of the fridge organization series)

In part 1 of the "fridge organization" series, Gus made some really cool frames. Since the frames that inspired us at Hobby Lobby were weathered wood, I wanted to try to duplicate that look and share the process with you!

D-I-Y Weathered Wood (part 2 of the fridge organization series) - we're using this technique for frames, but you can use it for any type of wood project!
D-I-Y Weathered Wood (part 2 of the fridge organization series) - we're using this technique for frames, but you can use it for any type of wood project!

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I read a lot of articles that explained how to weather wood, but the method that sounded easiest was the one where you put steel wool in vinegar overnight, then brush it on the wood. This is supposed to turn the wood grey.

I pulled apart two steel wool pads, put them in a mason jar full of vinegar, and let it sit for 24 hours. In the pictures I saw, the solution turned dark. My solution was perfectly clear. But I brushed it on anyway. As you can see, the wood didn't turn grey, it turned a weird brown color. I didn't like it.

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Back to the drawing board. A lot of articles said that they stained the wood [insert color of choice] then painted it [insert color of choice] and then sanded off some of the paint. Sounded like a lot of work.

So I came up with my own method.

What I used:

Since I wanted the grain of the wood to show, I knew I had to thin everything down. So first, I sprayed the frame with water to dampen the wood.

D-I-Y Weathered Wood (part 2 of the fridge organization series) - we're using this technique for frames, but you can use it for any type of wood project!

Then, using a damp rag, I applied dark brown stain to the frame - quickly wiping it on and off so that it didn't really penetrate the wood.

D-I-Y Weathered Wood (part 2 of the fridge organization series) - we're using this technique for frames, but you can use it for any type of wood project!

Next, I thinned grey paint with water (about 1 part water to 2 parts paint), and brushed it on the frame. Since it was thinned, I didn't rush to wipe it off, but probably wiped it off within 5 minutes. I wiped it off gently with a soft, dry rag - leaving some of the paint on the frame.

D-I-Y Weathered Wood (part 2 of the fridge organization series) - we're using this technique for frames, but you can use it for any type of wood project!
D-I-Y Weathered Wood (part 2 of the fridge organization series) - we're using this technique for frames, but you can use it for any type of wood project!

Here's the result - I love it!!

D-I-Y Weathered Wood (part 2 of the fridge organization series) - we're using this technique for frames, but you can use it for any type of wood project!
 
Check out the before and after again!

D-I-Y Weathered Wood (part 2 of the fridge organization series) - we're using this technique for frames, but you can use it for any type of wood project!

What do you think?

Total cost to "weather" the frames: $0 - because we already had everything I used!

Stay tuned for Part 3 of the fridge organization series: D-I-Y Framed Magnetic Board! Have you done a weathered wood project? How did you do it? Leave me a comment or send me a snap - I'm enjoythevue on Snapchat!

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6 comments:

  1. I love this weathered wood look :) great job and thanks for sharing even methods that didn't work the way you wanted!!
    stopping from one artsy mama.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jodi! I'm so glad you like it!!

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  2. Looks like a good recipe! I've played around with a few different ways too. I've always been able to get the vinegar to turn dark, but depending on the wood it looks different too.

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    1. Hi, Steph - I'm so glad you stopped by! I did read somewhere (after the fact, LOL) that oak will turn grey, but pine turns brown. None of the sites where I found the vinegar/steel wool recipe mentioned that, LOL!

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  3. I love this weathered look, great tutorial. Thank you will try this method now!.

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    1. Hi, Anita! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by {enjoy the view}! I just came from your blog, and followed you on Google+ (which I'm still trying to figure out, LOL!). So happy to have connected with you!

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