Have you ever wondered if the stuff people post on Pinterest is true? Well I have, and I test them all so that you don’t have to, ’cause ain’t nobody got time for that. Click here to check out all of the pins I haven taken on. You might be surprised by some of the results!
I am currently working on a top secret furniture project (update: it is done now!), and it requires me to “age” some wood (a/k/a beat the crap out of it) for that old, weathered look. I guess it isn’t so top secret anymore … but you will have to wait for results!
Staining wood, no matter how beaten it is, tends to make wood look pretty fresh and new. I don’t want that, so I was looking for some stain alternatives on Pinterest, and came across this:
There are a lot of ideas here, but the one I really wanted to test was the steel wool in vinegar one, since I think it will work well for my project. I had a small amount of both ingredients laying around, and I just wanted to make enough to test, so I combined them in a container, and let them sit for exactly one week. Fast forward to this:
Pretty interesting. I got out my rag, and wiped down a scrap piece of oak flooring. I was pleasantly surprised by the results!
It looks a little darker in person, which is best shown in the last picture. Although the article described a “rich reddish hue” it is actually more brown, which I don’t mind. I do wonder if I used a larger steel wool to vinegar ratio than recommended, and perhaps using less steel wool might make it lighter. Either way, I am excited it worked and eager to get moving on my furniture project! (Hint: it will go in the living room and does not yet have a name, but I am leaning towards Madonna!)