You know that I love discovering old rusty pieces and wooden treasures and giving them new life. But sometimes there is a lot of unknown about the wood and if it is safe for my home. I also don’t want to rely on wood that may not be sturdy for a project that I want to last a long time. So when I started work on a final project for our master bedroom redux (the bedroom I started 14 months ago!) I knew that I wanted to use new lumber that would last a while. However, I wanted it to fit the style of the rest of the bedroom and so I needed to find a way to give the wood an aged and weathered look.
If you are wanting an easy way to transform new lumber into something that looks weathered, and slightly gray, this is the tutorial for you! Check out my 3 easy steps.
To create the weathered wood look I used:
step 1 | To begin I used an antiquing wax on my new lumber. I applied the wax with an old t-shirt, and rubbing it into the wood in a circular motion. I applied the wax heavier in the cracks and knots to give the wood even more character.
step 2 | After allowing the antiquing wax to dry for about 30 minutes I went over the wood with a white wax. Once again I used an old t-shirt and applied it in a circular motion.
step 3 | The wood was left to dry for another 30 minutes and then I started the final step. Taking a hammer to the wood.
This is the part where my husband came over and wanted to know what on earth I was doing to the lumber he just picked up for me. Giving it some character, of course! I hit the wood a few times in different areas and clusters to help with the aged look.
Tomorrow I will be sharing with you just what exactly I will be creating with the weathered wood. And then I think the bedroom will finally be ready for its reveal!
Where would you love to use this weathered wood technique? I’m thinking a coffee table would be lots of fun, and I may have just the piece for that project stashed away in my “treasure room”. If you have any other tips or tricks for giving wood a weathered look please feel free to share in the comments! I love learning what is working for you.