Monday, January 16, 2012

How to get that Weathered Look

Weathered wood look that is.  I mentioned in my last post I was going to try something I saw on Pinterest on an oar that I have & well it worked! 


I have being toying with either painting or staining the oar because I didn't care for the finish.  Then I saw a pin titled "how to make new wood look old" from Frugal Farm House Design blog and I thought I'd give that a try.  She gives an awesome step by step with photos to see it go here.  I will just tell ya the basics. 

Step one: take some steel wool and put in a jar and cover with vinegar.  Let it sit at least 24 hours, the longer the better. (I expected the vinegar mixture to turn black or something but it didn't.)

after 24 hours

Step two: make a strong cup of tea.  I used Chai.  brush the tea on the wood and let dry.

Step three: brush on the vinegar mixture. 


The before pic above is after the tea was brushed on & it was still wet.


I expected it to happen instantly and it didn't.  I walked away and came back an hour later and it had worked. 




I'm really excited about this.  I guess it's been around for awhile but I had never heard of it.  Just wanted to share in case anyone else had never heard of it. 


**edited to addI sanded the oar down to bare wood removing all of the clear finish.  This would not work if there is a finish on the wood because it needs to soak in.

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27 comments:

  1. I love the look of the oar now! Great tutorial!

    Holly

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  2. ooooooh! I LOVE you. I can't wait to turn my orangey wood surfaces that lovely black/brown old wood look.

    xox

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  3. thanks for the tip. I am making some bird houses out of old roof shingles,were I need to cut them the wood looks new.I was wondering if there was a way to age wood only last night so thankyou.

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  4. What a great technique! I'm going to have to give that a try. Thanks!!

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  5. Great job on the oar! I've got to find something to try this on.

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  6. great tip. I'll have to remember that one. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. ooohhhhh......I totally see this coming in handy soon! Thanks!

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  8. Your oar looks so much better! I use the vinegar and steel wool solution all the time but I've never heard about the tea part... was your oar varnished in the "before" picture or just raw wood?
    Thanks
    Susan

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    1. I sanded it down to raw wood ;) the solution needs to soak into the wood.

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  9. LOVE this! May I ask if the wood is already stained or has a top coat do you have to sand that all off first? Thanks! :)

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  10. I love how this worked on your oar. If you leave the steel wool in the vinegar long enough, it will turn black. We had to do that to bring the new wood in a black walnut pocket door repair back to 1908 to match the rest of the door. It worked well, but it took over a month of nursing that jar of vinegar & steel wool to get the right darkness.

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  11. WHat a neat technique! Thanks for sharing:)

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  12. That oar is beautiful! Thanks for sharing. And I like that little archway you created. Such character.

    Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl

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  13. I love the look of the aged wood, what a great idea.
    Was there a finish on the paddle when you started or did it need to be sanded off?

    Jo

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  14. I love how your paddle turned out. I have used the steel wool & vinegar ebonizing solution with varying success. The key is the species of wood you are treating. The 'staining' comes from the chemical reaction of the solution with the tannins in the wood (that's why the tea solution is recommended- the tannins in tea help the process). Species like cedar & oak work best because of their natural high tannin content. Pine and spruce is not great- even with the tea treatment. Just to let your readers know that resulting stain colour is greatly varied and, typically, ebonizing doesn't work well on pine.

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  15. This a great tip-thanks for sharing! Love the oar :)
    I popped over from Centsational Girl, and can't wait to check out more!

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  16. I used this technique on four bifold doors to use in a headboard project. I dinged and scratched the wood first...actually, I beat on them pretty good. ;) They came out fabulous, looking old and weathered, just like I wanted. Thanks for sharing this!

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  17. This is a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing this! :)

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  18. nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

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  19. Awesome - love the oar idea! Thank you for sharing - love your blog!

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  20. Very interesting! I had never heard of this one. Thanks!

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  22. THE WEATHERING STAIN FROM STEEL WOOL AND TEA DOES NOT WORK ON PINE! DOES IT HAVE TO BE APPLIED TO A PARTICULAR WOOD?

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    1. Hi Judy. With pine I let the solution of steel wool and vinegar steep for a couple days, it seems to help get a darker result. Results vary on different types of wood. The comment above from CRED explains it very well.

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  24. I just did this on some cedar boards. Wow, it worked instantly! I am going for dark barn wood and it worked in minutes!

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