June 22, 2016

DIY Restoration Hardware Grey Oak Finish

Look, any of us can build a farmhouse table. But to really get the Restoration Hardware look, you'll need to recreate with their gorgeous finishes, too. I'll how you how to easily and realistically get the Restoration Hardware Grey Oak finish. 

I worked up this project on what is called a "boneyard" door. That's a door that a manufacturer makes wither to the incorrect dimensions or one that a customer never comes to get. So instead of paying hundreds or thousands for a door, you can purchase a boneyard door for 50-100 bucks. I've seen old doors turned into desks, headboards, benches, and tables. 



1.] Begin by sanding your project to open up the wood. This is important with a reactive stain to get an even finish. On projects that have a lot of detail or carving, like a door, it can be easier to spray/apply denatured alcohol to the project, which will act as a sander.

2.] Apply Weatherwood Stain's Reclamation color to your white oak project. You'll notice in the above time lapse, the stain goes on clear, then the door actually changes color as the stain dries. The actual elapsed time is about 20-25 minutes. 

3.] After the stain dries, there may be a blue undertone to the stained wood. Don't freak out! This is normal with reactive stains and very easy to fix. Simply apply the Clear Maintenance Oil topcoat to your stained project and you'll be left with a pretty charcoal color. Tutorial is above video, apply with a  clean cloth or brush and then wipe off excess with a second clean cloth.

Isn't that so pretty? You will get this deep gray color that really looks like old wood, not a stain. We ended up using this door as a king-sized headboard. For a low touch project, like a headboard, the clear oil is the perfect amount of wood protection. But if your wood project is a table or cabinets, you should allow the oil to cure and then seal it with Weatherwood Varnish. Questions? Leave them in the section below!

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