A while back, I showed you the headboard I made for my son early last spring. I have had people email and ask how I got the weathered look and I promised I would do a tutorial.
Today is the day!
Joey’s headboard was made with new wood. With today’s tutorial, I am using a desk that I stripped down to natural wood.
Here is the before shot:
Ok. Now the cool part. We will weatherize this wood with three things from your home!
STEP ONE: Tear or cut the steel wool into small pieces and put inside a sealable jar.
STEP TWO: Fill jar with white vinegar so that the steel wool is completely covered – then seal it shut.
STEP FIVE: Brush tea mixture on with a clean paint brush. Let it dry completely.
STEP SIX: Once the tea wash dries completely, brush the steel wool mixture on.
STEP SEVEN: Let it dry completely. Then give it a light sanding with a 120 block.
Keep in mind that the end result will vary depending on the type of wood you are using and how new it is. Based on my experience however, you will still get a great look!
I hope this gives you some ideas. Let me know if you have any questions.
UPDATE/CLARIFICATION: I did nothing more to this desk other than the steps above. No painting. No staining. Just wanted to be clear about that in case there is any confusion. The color you see is the end result of brushing on the tea and steel wool washes.
Tonight is the night that the Ducks win the Pac 12 and a trip to the Rose Bowl!! (Yes, I’m a little confident.) We will be headed to the game soon to tailgate. Tomorrow we will be up bright and early to go hunt for our Christmas tree. Then Sunday is the icing on the cake….Cousin Eddie and the Griswald family will be in the house
The fun is officially starting!
Have a great weekend!!
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