In this post, I want to focus on some of mother nature's best tricks. See, all trees have something inside of them called, tannic acid. This is the trees immune system. Much like our white blood cells, when the tree gets cut, the tannic acid rushes to the site and puts up a protective layer of resistance. This layer heals the tree and also prevents further damage. If it weren't for tannic acid, I wouldn't be able to gray out this door below-
And the best part is that each species will yield a different color. I can show you what species you should use to get these gorgeous driftwood results. This is a trick for raw wood- you can see raw alder corner door above. And then the stained and topcoated version. I can walk you through how easy it is, for you to achieve this gorgeous driftwood gray.
- Weatherwood's Reclamation stain
- Raw Alder, Birch, Beech, or Maple
- Sponge Brush
- Weatherwood's Maintenance Oil White
1.] STAIN: In these photos and videos I used alder. But you could use alder, maple, birch or beech and get these same driftwood results. This is a trick for raw wood. Most stains, especially stains as natural as this one, cannot penetrate existing finishes. You'll want to start with sanded wood. The best method for application, sprayer or brush, depends on your project. But both will work. You can with stain with a sprayer, see below video:
Or you can use a brush- the video below. The application is very simple. Just apply, make sure the wood is really wet and don't wipe the stain back off.
Allow the wood to dry. It's so much easier, and beautiful, than traditional wood stains. You'll get this beautiful light gray and all that gorgeous wood grain will be visible.
2] TOPCOAT: Now- let's talk topcoats. Both doors in the above photo are the same species, alder, stained with the same stain, Reclamation. The door to the right (above), has a lacquer topcoat, and that's why is slightly more brown. The door on the left (above) is the look we're emulating today. For that look, you'll want to use this specific topcoat. Ready?
To add the look of patina, you'll want to use Weatherwood Maintenance Oil White on top. You can use a brush or a clean rag to apply it. It's a wipe on wipe off application. (See video below).
That's all there is to it. This project is one of the easiest I could show you- but the look it to die for. You can use this look on everything from furniture, doors, walls, and floors. Questions? Leave them in the comment section below.