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How to Create a Weathered Wood Gray Finish

How to create a weathered wood gray finish

Last week on the blog, I shared a Rustic Tree Branch Desk DIY, that Brandon built and finished. The photos I took didn’t quite show off the rustic, distressed finish like I wanted, so I am sharing some close up photos today of the finish as well as how we created a weathered wood gray finish.

We tested out a few different combinations to get a more gray washed looked. Ultimately, we decided on using a combination of stain and white washed paint (paint mixed with water) to achieve a more gray tone.

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How to Create a Weathered Wood Gray Finish:

Supplies Needed:

*A printable version of this tutorial and step by step video are at the bottom of this post!*

1. Stain your wood

Before staining, make sure your wood is properly prepared for finishing. To learn more about how to prepare your wood surface for a weathered wood finish, as well as other weathered wood finish tutorials and how to protect your weathered wood surface, check out Weathered Wood Recipes!

learn more about weathered wood recipes

Then, apply the pre-stain wood conditioner and then one coat of the Dark Walnut stain. Wipe away any excess stain. See my tutorial on how to stain wood for tips on staining wood!

Allow your stain to fully dry.

How to create a weathered wood gray finish

 

2. Apply a white wash mixture to the wood

To create a whitewash paint mixture, we mixed about 1 part water to 1 part white paint. We ended up making the mixture a bit thicker with paint and less watery to achieve our desired finish.

Next, apply the white wash paint mixture to the wood in long strokes with a paint brush. Allow the paint mixture to set for 3-5 seconds, then rub over the white wash paint strokes with a staining rag or lint free rag to smear the paint mixture into the wood. Allow it to fully dry.

See my whitewashing wood tutorial for more details on how to whitewash wood.

How to create a weathered wood gray finish

 

3. Distress wood finish with sandpaper

Finally, very lightly distress the wood finish with sandpaper until you achieve your desired look!

And that’s it! Pretty simple! You can also add a top coat of poly or wax if you’d like, we chose not too since we liked the look at this point. Here is a close up of the wood grain with this rustic, gray, weathered wood finish. I just love how the grain lightly shows through!

How to create a weathered wood gray finish

How to create a weathered wood gray finish

What do you think of our weathered wood, gray finish? I think it definitely gives off a rustic vibe!

If you’re interested in more easy weathered wood finish tutorials, learning how to properly prepare your surface for a weathered wood finish, or learning about top coats and how to protect your finish for the best results, check out Weathered Wood Recipes here! Weathered Wood Recipes includes easy and budget friendly tutorials on how to create weathered wood finishes like this:

Easy DIY Blanket Ladder

Easy DIY Blanket Ladder

And this!

Farm Table Makeover with DIY weathered wood gray finish

Click here to learn more about Weathered Wood Recipes!

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How to create a weathered wood gray finish

How to Create a Weathered Wood Gray Finish

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Easy tutorial on how to create a weathered wood gray finish. Make new wood look like old weathered wood or refinish your furniture with this gray wash look!

Materials

Tools

  • Paint Brush

Instructions

  1. Make sure your wood is properly prepared. Then, apply a pre-stain wood conditioner.
  2. Stain your wood with one coat of Minwax Dark Walnut stain. Wipe away any excess stain. Allow it to fully dry.
  3. Apply a white wash mixture to the wood, using one about 1 part water to 1 part white paint. Apply the white wash to the wood in long strokes with a paint brush. Allow the paint mixture to set for 3-5 seconds, then rub
    over the white wash paint strokes with a staining rag to smear the paint mixture into the wood. Allow it to fully dry.
  4. Lightly distress the wood finish with sandpaper until you achieve your desired look!
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Susan

Tuesday 23rd of March 2021

Can you do this grey wash over existing 1991 oak floors?

Angela Marie Made

Saturday 27th of March 2021

It can be done but the top coat needs to be sanded off the existing floors. I have seen some people do it and it looks really good.

Mel

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Hi Angela I have an stripped antique Oak Round Table. Do you think I can use this method to get some browns, greys and whites in a weathered look?

Angela Marie Made

Friday 19th of March 2021

I do and I think it would look amazing!! Be sure to test it out on the underneath of the table to get the right finish you are looking for.

Susan Hung

Sunday 7th of March 2021

Hi! Will this work with red oak? What time of wood did you use?

Angela Marie Made

Monday 8th of March 2021

It will work on different types of wood but stain will look different on other wood so it is best to test it out before. I used pine wood for this tutorial.

Rosanna

Monday 25th of January 2021

Beautiful! Can you do this to floors??

Angela Marie Made

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

I have seen it done on wood floors, I would definitely recommend testing it out on a sample piece or a section that is not visible if possible.

Shannen

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

Hello,

I am planning to attempt the same process on a table top that has been damaged-the chairs are already stained/painted I wonder how or if it is possible to try the same process on the chairs without sanding each one individually down? Any suggestions?

Thanks!

Shannen

Angela Marie Made

Thursday 31st of December 2020

You can try a whitewash over the existing chair finish but it probably won't match the table and I know sanding the chairs down can be really time consuming. Another option is to just paint the chairs a solid color like white and you can distress them a little too with sandpaper if you are looking for a more rustic look.

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