July 11, 2018

Raw Redwood into Rustic Barnwood Doors


Hope you had a super great 4th of July! We spent ours in Eugene, Oregon, at their local parade, rodeo and fireworks. Amongst all the strangers I had a peculiar feeling, a feeling if familiarity and belonging. It made me stop. I looked all around me and saw my fellow Americans...And then in my mind's eye I could see Americans all over the country, gathered together, to give thanks for our independence and the freedom it represents. 

It reminds me of this Native American drum circle I went to in La Push, Wa. When Zack and I were in WA a month or two ago, we went to the Quiellette drum circle. I thought I would watch Native Americans singing, but what I witnessed was much more powerful. I saw the tribe come together, with one voice, united in one song, and the surprising result was a palpable love they shared. Their faces were filled with light and love. 
I hope that the 4th of July is our drum circle, and that love and unity for America are the result!

This tutorial is to help you turn an existing redwood door into a weathered looking one! Although this project is for redwood, there's a weathering stain color for any project. Just check out the COLOR CHART to see what color your wood species will turn.



1.] SAND
No one wants to sand a door! We recommend spraying or brushing on the alcohol, which will work like a facial toner- opening up the wood grain without all the elbow grease. This will work for surfaces that would require a light sanding.

For stain we choose SALVAGE Reactive Stain from Weatherwood. This will give you a light weathered look, light grays and warm tones.  
The wood will dry in about 30 minutes, see in the below video. 

Apply weathering reactive stain to raw wood. You can use an atomized gun or apply your stain. First, pour it through a strainer and then you can pour it into your atomized gun. You'll want to spray it on the wood in overlapping motions, making sure to drench the wood.

Seal millwork with Weatherwood Varnish, to both hold the oxidized wood color and protect the from sticky hands! Just brush on 2-3 coats, waiting approximately one hour between.

Didn't that turn out dreamy? Here's a bunch more sliding barn door inspiration, if you're in the mood. I hope to see some photos when the rest of the space is complete. It's going to be amaze balls! If you have any  questions, leave'm in the comments below. 

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