January 20, 2016

DIY Restoration Hardware Burnt Oak Driftwood Finish

Eat your heart out Restoration Hardware! I got a colors for days and this girl ain't afraid to use them! This post has me super excited because it stems from one of the major reasons I'm thrilled about my wood stain business. When I created my line of weathering wood stains, it was because the high-end designer look was out of my budget. How many of you feel the same way? I mean how many of us walk into Restoration Hardware and walk out with nothing? 
Now I want something new. I want to give every one of us the Restoration look at a price we can all afford. Considering my client base, I think I'm qualified to show you all how to do this one color at a time. I know, I know, I know... You want it all at once, but if I do that, you won't be able to keep up. So grab something cozy, sit yourself down, and let's dive in. 



1] CONSTRUCT: To achieve this look, start with douglas fir that's been milled into a headboard. We hand selected some beautiful vertical grain douglas fir and took it to our local mill. They glued the edges and then planed it to create one flat surface. Planing the wood after glueing it removes all traces of glue. The milling cost was nearly nothing and it was totally worth it because I don't have the clamps to keep the boards drying flat, so the cost of the clamps was about the same as having it done for me!

2] SAND: The wood must be sanded, especially being that it's douglas fir. That's because of the way douglas fir reacts when the wood is cut with a saw. You can have it sent through a large sanding machine at the mill or you can sand it really well with a hand sander. You should start with 60 grit and then 80 grit.

3] STAIN: Applying the stain is like a piece of cake. Using a large brush and drench the wood with stain. (See above video.) Let the wood air dry. 

4] Weatherwood is a stain, not a topcoat, so you'll need to seal the wood. To hold this weathered look, I recommend using our Maintenance Oil White topcoat to hold this beautiful gray.  The white oil application is a simple wipe on and wipe off. 

This project was a piece of cake. We actually made a few of them as mockups for a retailer. This color was really popular. I hope you like it! Let me know if you have questions, I'm happy to help.

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