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 chalk paint and wax? Let me show you how…
Before I even start this post, I have to take a moment to scream… ’cause the $100 Room 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. 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. This week I gave the entry table a little makeover. This table started out white… Actually, it started out as a very dark wood, then I painted it white a year ago…
The 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.
What You Need to Create A Weathered Wood Look
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- 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 or on Amazon.
- Lint Free Cloth
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 (or similar) 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.
I have seen wax brushes used in wax applications and thought that was what I should be using to apply the dark wax. However, I found the wax went on rather thick and it dried so quickly that it turned out blotchy. After doing a bit of research, I found that you can use a lint-free cloth to apply 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 on the wax with the grain of the wood until no more wax will spread; then quickly wipe 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 (including dry 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 🙂
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