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DIY Rustic Wood Finish – charm an aged look…

  Welcome to my Blog, the DIY part of Kylie.T. Interiors. Today I’m going to show you how to make a simple piece of wood take on a rustic looking charm. It’s really good therapy!

Supplies:

1 – Wood – I used pine from my local hardware store

2 – Drop cloth (don’t use paper like I did, the stain sinks through, sigh!)

3 – Heavy/hard/strong items (to characterise your wood) i.e. nails, hammer, tools

4 – Paint (thick opaque paint works best i.e. wall paint, craft paint, acrylics)

5 – Stiff paint brush

6 – Wood stain. I used Minwax wood finish in Dark Walnut (from your local hardware store)

7 – Rag

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How do we do it?

Step 1: Characterise your piece of wood – ding it, scrape it, scratch it with what ever you can find to do the job. My kids love this part because they can be destructive with my blessing (boys). What ever you do just rough it up here and there including the edges!

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Step 2: Get that drop sheet down and spread it out, you’ll need more room than you  think.

Step 3: Character side up. Apply your stain to your wood in hap hazard strokes. Rub off the stain with the rag. It can be uneven and should collect in the character of the wood. TIP: The longer you leave the stain to soak into the wood the darker it will be.

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Step 4: Allow to dry. You may be done here or you may want to add some personal color. If so read on.

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Step 5: Paint on your color  in a few random strokes, allowing the paint to skip areas. The character of the wood will help to randomise the cover of the paint. Optional – rub off paint with a rag to get a less contrasted look). Repeat this with any additional colors you’d like to add, allowing the paint to dry between colors.

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Allow to dry…and your done!

 

Here are some others that I made:

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Sources of inspiration:

http://www.younghouselove.com/2011/04/making-new-wood-look-old/

http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-did-you-paint-that.html