Creating a weathered wood finish is easier than it seems. No lengthy instructions involved. Just a little time with minimal effort to create this fabulous look!
I’ve talked about “weathered wood” quite a lot on the blog here over the years. And I’ve done quite a few projects with the look of weathered wood.
But not all of those projects are done the same way. I use different techniques to create a weathered wood finish depending on the wood finish that I’m starting with (painted, stained, etc) and the end result I am after.
I have said it for a while, but I am planning on doing a video for y’all on all of the ways I do it. So you can see it all in one place.
And hopefully, the video will help to see me do it “live”.
Today, however, I’m going to show you how to create a weathered wood finish with stain.
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I pulled this old Longaberger countertop stand out of my stash to give it a long-overdue makeover.
Were you a Longaberger fan? I was, I have many baskets still that are stashed away. I used to have them everywhere around my house but I tired of them. I have held onto them but not sure what I will eventually do with them.
Anyway, I used to use this little wood and iron shelf on my kitchen counter for many years.
It has been well used and loved.
Here is it in my kitchen right here on this blog…
We are going back a few years in this photo, though. Our old kitchen before the remodel.
Featuring the first tiled backsplash I tackled, old appliances, etc. But there you see that Longaberger stand.
Although I loved the natural look of the wood, it just really didn’t match my decor any longer.
The black iron did not either. So I decided to paint that white.
For the shelves, I lightly sanded enough to remove the clear finish these had and then followed these steps:
- Clean the loose dust away
- Apply a pre-stain wood conditioner (following directions on can)
- Apply the gray stain (following directions on can)
- Apply gel topcoat…3 coats total.
Now, it sounds simple because it was. BUT when using oil-based products there is a time factor involved.
As far as the sanding goes, I used my new cordless sander and started with 150 grit, then moved to 220 before staining. You want to make sure you have removed all of the shiny finish so the stain can absorb into the wood. I had to go back and sand a little more as I could tell the pre-stain conditioner was not soaking into a few spots.
On the left is the wood shelf already sanded, “pre-stain conditioned” and awaiting stain.
On the right, the stain has been applied. I just use a paper towel to do these 2 steps. (you can also use an old t-shirt but I don’t want to bother with clean-up of those with oil-based products when I can help it)
Here are the links to the products I used for this project…
Totally different look, right??
After letting those sit overnight, I applied the first coat of the gel topcoat. (one of my new favorite finishes for stained wood)
The next day, I lightly sanded with 320 grit sandpaper, and then applied another coat of the gel topcoat. I repeated the process the next day.
For the black iron stand, I simply painted it with white paint and once dry, lightly sanded to distress.
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I like the relaxed feel the slightly distressed white finish gives. It goes nicely with the more relaxed finish on the wood.
It’s amazing how different it looks. I am really loving it all over again!
Goes so nicely in this space with the new kitchen.
Although, I have decided to take it down to the beach. I don’t have a lot of countertop space there so this will work nicely to maximize it some.
We are hoping to get back down there soon! We’ve been so busy (and sick) that we haven’t been down in a while.
Lots still to come there. I cannot wait to get started but things to finish up here first.
A little close up of the shelves…
It’s so much fun to transform things and give them a new look. Especially ones that you’ve owned that have taken a back seat (or been moved to the junk room! lol). Now this one can shine again in a brand new space.
Want to see more of the different ways I create a weathered wood finish??
- Coastal Style Half Moon Table (with weathered wood finish)
- DIY Weathered Wood Look (with paint!)
- DIY Weathered Wood Shutters (a different way)
- DIY Weathered Love Signs (the simple way!)
- Coastal Style Chalk Paint Makeover (weathered look with paint)
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I hope this has been a helpful post today. I think it’s great fun to reinvent our own decor instead of always buying new. :)
I’ll see you back here on Thursday with another one from the haul plus 2 more, 3 total!
UPDATE! See it now, here!!