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.
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:
- spray bottle w/ water
- dark wood stain (mine was Minwax Espresso Satin)
- 1 part water:2 parts grey paint (mine was Behr Ultra Premium Plus Interior Satin Enamel in a custom blended color that we used on the cabinets in our Master Bathroom Makeover)
- several rags
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.
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.
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.
Here's the result - I love it!!
Check out the before and after again!
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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