July 4, 2018

Ammonia Smoked Wood - in 1 Safe Step!

Happy 4th of July to my American friends! We are celebrating in Florence, Oregon- running a 5K, hitting up the parade, and of course, fireworks! How about you?

Today's post is pretty exciting. See back in the day, Europeans started ammonia smoking their oak floors to get gorgeous wood floor shades that were impossible to achieve otherwise. People hardly do this anymore because ammonia smoking floors is super toxic and dangerous. Ammonia fumes can kill you and folks used to seal up their whole house to allow the fumes to interact with the tannin in the wood. 

I took that idea of ammonia smoked floors and turned that look into my color inspiration for RESTORATION,  my new a reactive stain! Now you can apply our VOC FREE stain to raw wood and achieve  a look, through a much safer tannin reaction! 
Simply apply RESTORATION STAIN to raw wood and watch the wood turn that rustic brown color everyone loves! This is on pine shiplap from depot, so you can see it's super gorgeous.



1] SAND: To achieve this look, start with a raw wood surface.
The wood should be sanded with 120 grit sandpaper. Wood that is not sanded will not turn as dark a color.

2] STAIN: Applying the Restoration stain is like a piece of cake, read "even easier than typical stains." Using a large brush and drench the wood with stain. (See above video, also shown on oak.) Let the wood air dry for 60 minutes.

3] DARKEN (OPTIONAL): Above you can see Restoration without darkening with Maintenance Oils. If you want to darken the color you can either apply a second coat of stain or apply the Weatherwood Clear Maintenance Oil. 
The oil application is just like your typical wood stain application. You brush or wipe it onto wood, allow 5-10 minutes for it to penetrate, then wipe of excess. Allow to cure 48 hours.

It's that pretty, guys? I can't believe the work it used to be to get this look, but I sure am happy I can get this look in 30 minutes! This stain will turn most wood species this shade and again, it can be layered for darker colors.

Looking for a table this color? Here's last week's Rustic Restoration TableThe texture on this oak just makes the color POP, don't you think? 

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