October 3, 2018

Faux Reclaimed Wood Bookshelves

T-minus 5 days before lift off to Italy! This week we are in Florida- one last hoorah before 12 months abroad. I am currently trying to get my life whittled down to one 44 lbs bag. I know- I know! It's gonna be tough and it's giving me some angst. It's not even the clothes & shoes, but more the every day objects that make like life easier, like a heat pack! ha!
I found this project to be super inspiring- 12 douglas fir beams magically transform into rad shelving perfect for this show home or yours!



1.] PREP
If you're looking to replicate this beautiful weathered look, you'll need to start with douglas fir. Our beams were rough sawn (textured) so they didn't need sanded. If your project is smooth wood, then give it a quick sand with 80 grit before staining.

Choose you wood stain color. This company went with Weatherwood' Savage stain- that's the top option of the photo.


Stain wood using a large paint brush. You want to really drench the wood. That's all you have to do, just let the wood stain absorb into the wood. Douglas fir is very very sappy. Reactive wood stain will not react with sap, because there are no tannins in sap. That means, if you get any sap spots you'll need to re-sand those and then stain them again.

The White Maintenance Oil + Salvage will give you a really cool look. It can be brushed or ragged on- here they applied it to the raised edges of the wood to create the look of patina.

Just brush on, allow to sit 5-10 minutes (longer for lighter shade) and then wipe back!

Don't those shelves dress up nicely? They seriously look like reclaimed timber and it was oh-so-easy!
If you liked that project, you may also like this other cool effects:

DIY Restoration Hardware Burnt Oak Driftwood Finish

Reclaimed [Looking] Douglas Fir Tables

I hope you'll follow along on our awesome adventures abroad and of course more fantastic projects to come!

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