Tuesday, January 27, 2015

~get a weathered wood look on painted furniture~

Restoration Hardware is famous for it's weathered wood surfaces.


Years ago I set out to create this look on our dining room table, which was painted black.
It was actually a super simple process, so I thought I'd share with you how I did it.


The first thing I did was sand all the black off.
I could've used a paint stripper, but it was the middle of winter and I didn't want the fumes.
Besides that I always work on impulse, and sandpaper and a palm sander was all I had on hand.
I didn't worry too much about getting in all the nooks and crannies.


When that was all sanded I lived with it like this for a while.
Then when I couldn't stand the orangey color anymore, I headed to Home Depot and got some weathered gray stain.

I used a cheap foam brush and a rag to apply the stain and then wipe off, until I got the color I was hoping for.


 The result was just what I was looking for.


A close up of the before below....


And the after.
For not much money and minimal work, it made a huge difference.


xoxo

59 comments:

Carol@6WilsonBlog.com said...

LOVE THIS!! Really gorgeous, Melaine. And I'm in love with all the green accents, too.

Mariaelena said...

I have been loving that weathered gray look for a long time but this is the first I'm hearing of this product...I LOVE how yours turned out...looks amazing...below is my DR that I redid years ago but still not loving the orangey top...it has a laminate...do you know if I could use this stain on here???...also just did a big post on my bedroom redo...lots of painted furniture...check it out...here's my old post of dr table I'm wondering about...http://cottagelivingfrombeachtoburbs.blogspot.com/2011/02/dining-room-redoi-love-how-this-turned.htmlthanks, Mariaelena

René said...

I think you read my mind!

Little Farmstead said...

I thought I loved the sanded down version until I saw the weather grey finish! Looks so good! Thanks for explaining how you did it. :)

Hannah said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE! this is my next project! i used the weathered gray on the table in my eating area and every day it makes me happy! i am DYING to sand my farmhouse table because it IS the orangey color...and shiny! Yuck! did you palm sander not make a ton of dust inside the house? it looks so great!

Melaine Thompson said...

Yes! A ton of dust! But it was worth it! Ha ha

CourtneyM said...

Love that look! Did you also use the sander on the legs of the table or just with paper by hand?

Melaine Thompson said...

A combination of both! :)

Melaine Thompson said...

I took a peek and I think if u used Annie Sloan chalk paint maybe in old white on the top, the contrast would be beautiful! It would go ovee laminate perfectly! Just don't forget to follow up with the wax! Good luck !

Becky Haller said...

Love it! Did you also use the grey on the top as well?

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Your table makeover looks outstanding!!! Thank you for sharing this gray stain...gotta get me some.

Blessings,
Linda

Nadia @ JBP Reviews said...

Fabulous makeover! Good job, love your candle light.

T said...

Really pretty! Such an informative "keeper" post. I think we all have a few orangey pieces we could do without. Gray stain to the rescue.

Donna said...

Love the table and that wonderful wall hutch! The whole dining room is fabulous. What flooring do you have in there and liv rm?

Anonymous said...

Melanie, great project! I have been wondering how t achieve this style for awhile. Can you use this technique on pieces that have not been painted ? I have an old pine hutch that is very orangish? I was thinking of painting it, but like this look better. Thanks! Tracy

Melaine Thompson said...

Yes!!

Betsy Cobb Gordon said...

Love this, looks fabulous. I'm still working on that beast of a farm table I scored and shared with you. I might have to strip it and do something like this.

Betsy
West of the Square Designs

Betsy Cobb Gordon said...

Love this, looks fabulous. I'm still working on that beast of a farm table I scored and shared with you. I might have to strip it and do something like this.

Betsy
West of the Square Designs

Anonymous said...

Great look and easy. Did you seal it? Seems like some protective coating would be needed if the table gets regular use.

Joanne said...

Do you think this would work on wicker? And, would I just put it on top of the faded brown? If not, does anyone know if a product that would give me that look?

heather s said...

You always inspire me, and this post is no exception! I also find myself wondering where that incredible mason jar 'carousel' came from? It's exactly what I need in my home. ;-) Cheers, Hx

Terry Moore said...

Inspiration for sure! This is sooo popular right now and looks fabulous. The china cabinet is awesome too! Love that you have open space.

Patricia Krank said...

I love, love, LOVE this! The pops of green in your dining make me think of Spring and I love that too! Thank you for the instructions on achieving this look. I have a table in my kitchen nook that is longing for a do-over!
Blessings to you,
Patti@OldThingsNew

Jen said...

Love this-did you not have to put a protective coat on it? I'm stripping a dining table and trying to decide on a finish.
Thanks!

Summers Cottage said...

I'm wondering about sealing it as well? Does the rubbed in Varathane do the trick or would you put polycrylic on top?

Terri Barrett said...

I just love the weathered look! Great job,Your whole home is just beautiful. From Terri @http://www.mygrayhaven.com/

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Unknown said...

Lovely!! I have a *shiny / laminate top* Thomasville like dinner table with 3 leaves... could I use this stain product on top after sanding? Thank you!

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Actually quite! Such an useful "keeper" write-up. I believe most of us have a very number of orangey bits we're able to complete with no. Dull spot on the save.woodworkingbuddy

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I am so thankful for this information. I wanted to paint some laminated pieces but wanted to make sure it wouldn't peel and looked professional. I actually wanted a color similar to what you used so now I feel really confident taking on this project and hope my finished product looks as good as yours.

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