I’d seen this DIY weathered wood finish and was intreaged. This powder promises to be a quick & easy way to that gorgeous weathered beach wood look that’s becoming increasingly popular. I had a piece on the porch that looked out-of-place that had been waiting for a new home, whether at my home or now. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try out this technique. We’d been on the hunt for the perfect entry table for some time, and this would be a great stand-in while we found the perfect piece.
The idea is pretty simple. You mix the powder with water (and add a pinch if baking soda if you’d like to avoid blue tones), brush the liquid on, and wait. You’ll see results in a few hours, mine were achieved in a few days. If you leave the project out in the sun, you’ll see more dramatic results quicker. A chemical reaction ages the wood.
I should have given the piece a quick sand, as there was some remaining finish that I hadn’t noticed and the water spots from life on our porch were not covered my the magic chemistry. In the end, the look was a little too rustic for me, and I opted to cover it a bit with a white wash of General Finishes Milk Paint. If you don’t seal it with paint, you’ll want to seal it with the final finish to protect your final result.
All-in-all, it was a fun break from the paint booth and I’d do it again… although I think the best results would come from new, raw-wood furniture.