If you love the look of rustic, weathered wood this tutorial is for you. Did you know you can create a weathered wood look using paint and wax? Let me show you how…
Before I even start this post, I have to take a moment to scream… ’cause this challenge was on the Rachael Ray Show this week! It was the craziest whirlwind of an experience, and I will truly never forget it. Short story: Tuesday I was called by the producer. Wednesday I was on a plane to New York. And Thursday I was filming a segment with Rachael Ray. The show aired on Monday of this week. There are actually two separate segments you can watch here and here.
Okay… now that my 15 minutes of fame has come to an end, let’s talk about the entry I’m working on this month. First, the entry now matches the living room (YAY!). No more beige entry mixed with a gray living room. I still have the navy accent wall to paint, but… progress.
I also gave the entry table a little makeover. This table started out white… Actually, it really started out as a very dark wood, then I painted it white a year ago…
Problem is, it always looked dingy and dirty due to the fact that my kids put their shoes on the table when coming in from outside (as our pup loves to use our shoes as chew toys). Not only were dirty shoes an issue, but that typewriter (which I love) is super heavy and was creating divots in the table. Because we were going with a lighter paint color on the walls, I decided to completely redo the table to make it look like weathered wood.
I actually tried weathering a piece in our living room, and let’s just say it didn’t go so well; but in every mistake there is a lesson learned. Instead of ditching the idea, I did a little research and discovered a few things I did wrong the first time around, so this time I tried a different method, and I’m happy to report, the table turned out ah-mazing.
What You Need to Create A Weathered Wood Look
- Sandpaper- (Semi-Optional 🙂 )
- Annie Sloan Coco Chalk Paint- Since the Annie Sloan brand is typically sold in specialty stores, I tried this method years later on some vanities in our bathroom and used Behr Pale Sepia and it worked beautifully.
- Annie Sloan Dark Wax- Again, if you cannot find dark wax in the Annie Sloan brand, you can typically find something similar at your local hardware store.
- Old rag or T-Shirt
Directions: How to Create A Weathered Wood Look With Paint & Wax
When using chalk paint, you don’t really need to sand anything first, however, because of the divots and general unevenness of the table top, I decided to sand it down a bit. Whether you choose to sand or not, you’ll want to clean the surface of your piece. Once clean and dry, apply your first coat of the Coco chalk paint using a paintbrush.
As you can see, there was still a lot of the white showing through after the first coat, so I applied another for an even tone under the wax. Chalk paint tends to dry quickly, but make sure it is entirely dry before applying a second coat.
The image above shows the table with its two coats of paint. Much better coverage.
This next step was where I totally messed up on the piece in our living room. I had seen wax brushes before, and thought that was what I should be using to apply the dark wax. However, I found that the wax went on rather thick and it dried so quickly that it turned out blotchy. After doing a bit of research, I found out that you could use an old rag to apply the wax instead, which gives you more control over how much you are applying. You really don’t need much at all. Take a quarter-size amount, and simply rub the wax with the grain of the wood until I no more wax will spread; then quickly wiped off any excess.
The real key is quickly wiping off any excess wax. Wax dries fast, so you can’t wait too long or you’ll end up with uneven color. It’s best to work on small sections, rather than trying to apply the wax to a larger area all at once. Here’s a close-up of the table once the wax has been applied.
Allow the wax to completely dry before moving the furniture. When the wax is “wet”, it has a tacky feel. Once you can wipe a cloth on the surface, without that sticky feeling, the wax has dried.
Here’s the end result.
Love, love, love this look! The total time spent to paint and wax this table was just a couple hours (which includes drying time), and the results are impressive.
As you may be able to see, I now have a thin piece of wood under the typewriter to help distribute the weight and avoid the divot problem. I plan to paint and wax that piece as well, so it’ll blend better.
Budget So Far…
- Paint for the Walls- Free (Leftover paint from the office)
- Weathered Table- Free (Used leftover chalk paint and wax from the piece I tried in the living room)
So far, I have spent $0. Good start 🙂
Remember to check out all the rooms being made over this month.
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