How To Get A Pickled Wood Look (simple technique)

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Create a pickled wood look finish on your old orangey oak…simply with these 2 products!

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Hey, hey friends!
We spent a long weekend in the Outer Banks at our beach condo this past weekend…and we are finally turning the corner. Meaning I’m not about to lose my mind anymore. haha
I can see it coming together and it makes me so happy. It’s been quite a bit of work but as I always say, do-able.

And if you watched my Instagram stories, you know what I took on this time. Yep, going ahead and peeling the paint off the doors!

What?! lol 

I might have lost my mind with that one. No, kidding, not yet. ;)
What I did lose is my checkbook…haha…expenses are adding up so I decided to try to make the doors work instead of buying new. And guess what…I’m thrilled to say I came up with a way that didn’t break my back (or the bank) trying to get all that peeling paint off and I’m going to share it on Thursday.
All 9 doors are ready for a light sanding, primer, and paint which I’ll be doing this coming weekend…yay!

But let’s talk about today’s post.

Guess what I am finally sharing.

The oak table and chair set I picked up in thrift store haul #3…for $45!

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This one…remember?

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I didn’t buy it on my first run-in with it but I quickly ran back to get it. So glad I did because it’s perfect out on our porch.
I have had it finished for a while but was trying to wait to get the back screened porch finished before I shared it. Unfortunately, that is still not quite done but I’m sharing the one little corner with the table and chairs anyway.

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It’ll be so nice to be able to sit out here and enjoy this space again. It was in need of an overall for sure.

And this table… it is solid oak (and I mean solid).

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I started the makeover by removing the top completely so I could work on the base.
I lightly sanded and then painted the base in Linen white. (see box below)

 

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Once dry, I lightly sanded the whole thing to smooth it out and then a little more on the edges to reveal the wood underneath.

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I painted the chairs with white spray paint.

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Then I mixed up some paint to try to match the fabric I purchased for the seat cushions.

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I taped the edges and painted the cane part only. (and I did this twice, boo, as I didn’t like my first color blend…it happens!)

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And then I recovered all the seat cushions.

Create a pickled wood look finish on your old orangey oak...simply with these 2 products! artsychicksrule.com #pickledwood

Create a pickled wood look finish on your old orangey oak...simply with these 2 products! artsychicksrule.com #pickledwood

Like new!

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Okay, let’s talk about this pickled wood look.

How To Get A Pickled Wood Look (with water-based stain and paint…simple!)

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I began by sanding off the finish to get down to the bare wood.

I started with about 120 grit, then moved to 220. I didn’t want to go any finer than that as I didn’t want to remove all of the grain.

Next, I mixed up some water and the “greenish” hued stain linked above. This works perfectly to neutralize that orangey color.

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Apply it with a brush and let it soak in. You can see I add quite a bit of water to the stain.

Here is how it looks after drying from one coat of that. See how much different it looks from the above photo?

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It works wonders to neutralize the orange color.

I wanted it a little more neutralized so I did a second coat of the watered-down stain.

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(by the way, it always look a bit more orange when wet)

And this is how it came out after the second application.

Create a pickled wood look finish on your old orangey oak...simply with these 2 products! artsychicksrule.com #pickledwood

You can see it worked very well on some parts of the table but there was still a bit of orange on some of the darker areas.
That’s okay because the white “wash” will help that and you do want some variations.

Once it was dry I went over it with the 220 grit sandpaper very lightly again. The water in the mixture will raise the grain somewhat and make it a little rough so you’ll want to smooth it out again.

Once it is dry again, for this next step, I simply mixed the “Chalked” paint linked above with water. (about 50-50) and applied it with a brush.
Then, go back and wipe away the excess.

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See how that changes the wood?

Create a pickled wood look finish on your old orangey oak...simply with these 2 products! artsychicksrule.com #pickledwood

I love this look.

Create a pickled wood look finish on your old orangey oak...simply with these 2 products! artsychicksrule.com #pickledwood

Just to give you an idea of how much I’ve changed it to this point…

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That little end table is the same exact color the table was originally.
What a difference, right???

You might remember this end table. It is the one I did a similar finish on.
I “bleached” (without bleach) to create this look below.

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“Bleached” end table on the left and the pickled wood look round table I’m sharing today is on the right.
Quite a different look.

If you missed that little end table that I gave a “bleached wood look” to, you can see it here >>> How To Make Orange Wood Look Bleached (without harsh chemicals)

It wasn’t quite “washed” or “pickled” enough for me so I applied another coat of the white “wash” a little bit thicker this time. (but still not “thick” because you want it opaque) with a brush then gently wiping away the excess.

You can see how it settled into the wood grain below.

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Exactly what I wanted.

I let this sit for a few days and then finished up with the seal coat.

Create a pickled wood look finish on your old orangey oak...simply with these 2 products! artsychicksrule.com #pickledwood

Perfectly pickled.

And that sheen.

Create a pickled wood look finish on your old orangey oak...simply with these 2 products! artsychicksrule.com #pickledwood

I ended up using the Gel Topcoat that is applied with a soft (lint-free) rag.  I also used this finish on my favorite coffee table >>> Coastal Coffee Table Makeover
I mean, it’s just like butter. So smooth. I just adore this topcoat.
Even though it’s not actually in the weather, I wanted to use something oil-based since it’s outside.

Create a pickled wood look finish on your old orangey oak...simply with these 2 products! artsychicksrule.com #pickledwood

Create a pickled wood look finish on your old orangey oak...simply with these 2 products! artsychicksrule.com #pickledwood

Would you ever think that an old orangey thrift store table and chairs could look like this??
And the price…can we talk about the price? Where and how can you get a solid oak table with chairs for $45??
What a deal and a steal.

Create a pickled wood look finish on your old orangey oak...simply with these 2 products! artsychicksrule.com #pickledwood
I’m so thrilled with how it turned out and can’t wait to eat breakfast or dinner out here on our newly made-over porch.
It might have to be next spring since the weather is getting colder by the day, darn it! But that’s okay, I’ll be ready. :)

PIN it to save it!

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I am so happy to finally wrap up “haul #3”.

If you missed any of the thrifty haul #3 makeovers, you can see them all here:

I hope you enjoyed today’s post (finally, I know!! I’m sorry!). It was a long time coming, thank you for your patience. We have a lot of irons in the fire over here. I’m hoping we’ll be less busy one day. But probably not!! lol
As a matter of fact, I know we won’t because I have some fun, exciting things I’m working on for you guys. (you know, in my spare time, lol!) More on that later!

But hopefully, we’ll be getting our master bedroom done soon so I can show that to you too. Do you follow on Instagram? Because I shared today (Monday) some headboards in my stories I went and picked up from the Restore for TEN DOLLARs each. What?!  >>> Go look >>> Instagram.
Yes, and I have such fun plans for both of them (both a little different…one for the beach condo master bedroom and one for our master bedroom here) I mean how can you beat a $10 solid wood headboard?? You can’t!!

Stay tuned to see what I do with these!

brown bar stools with brown seats

UPDATE!! See them now, here!

I’ll see you back here on Thursday with the little secret of how I removed the peeling paint from our doors without losing my mind. (made the job so much easier!)

xoxo

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31 Comments

  1. What a dramatic change, Nancy. I never would think to paint the cane, and it’s just beautiful with the new fabric. Thanks for the idea!

  2. I have been waiting for this reveal. LOL! Absolutely stunning! I have orangey oak tables/end tables in my house that thank you for your inspiration!

  3. Love the makeover and all the details you shared getting this look. Absolutely a winner and you can never go wrong with solid oak and your beautiful finish. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love it, Nancy! It is so gorgeous! And now you have inspired me to do the same to my foyer table! I was trying to decide how I wanted to finish that table… and now I know! I hope mine turns out half as good as yours did! xo

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