This Instructable and video will show you how to achieve a QUICK weathered wood effect to simulate what would otherwise take months and years of water and sunshine to accomplish.
Step 1: How to Weather Wood (Barnwood Effect)
This is an old method I use for achieving a gray "weathered" effect in wood. I also show you how to use a wire brush for an even more pronounced effect.
Things you will need:
- Steel Wool (#000 or #0000)
- Wire Brush
- Board (I use Pine, but also show the effect on Poplar and Red Oak)
- Spare containers (small bucket, a couple of cups, etc.)
- Place one of the steel wool pads in a container large enough to hold it.
- Pour vinegar into container until steel wool is fully submerged.
- Let this sit for at least 24 hours.
- (OPTIONAL: For best effect, use wire brush to prepare board. SEE VIDEO.)
- Pour the dissolved mixture into a new cup. (Pour through a coffee filter to catch any small steel wool bits.)
- Add water to dilute the mixture. (In the video I show 1-to-1 water-to-vinegar mix.)
- Apply to wood.
- Wait while the vinegar mixture reacts with the wood. It will gradually turn a grayish color.