April 1, 2020

Salvaged RH Style Pine Coffee Table & The Vecchio Bridge

We were on our way to dinner, but the second we stepped out the amazing sunset demanded to be seen! So we headed to our favorite spot, the Ponte Vecchio bridge, to take in the colors. The bridge was a totally party, as usual!! Enjoy the videos!

Let's get to this awesome project. It's my favorite kind of post! Where usually hard to achieve colors are a piece of cake! This client wanted to match her new farmhouse coffee table to Restoration Harware's "natural" color, on this Salvaged Trestle Table. This look is easy to achieve on pine and it's just a subtle aging.


  • Pine Furniture 


1.] SAND: Begin by sanding the wood piece, that way the wood will easily accept the stain and create a good pallet to begin your work. Start with a rough grit with a 120 grit. 

2.] STAIN: Once the wood has been stripped or sanded back down to raw, you can stain it using Weatherwood Stain's Reclamation stain. Simply apply Reclamation with a sponge brush, brushing product onto sanded wood and allowing it to air dry. Allow to dry one hour. You'll see in the above time-lapse, the color change is subtle and is pretty similar to Restoration Hardware's "Natural" color. 

3.] SEAL: Apply a wax or varnish seal coat to protect the piece. SatinVarnish will give the look of raw wood, but the protection of cabinetry!

The texture on this maple just makes the color POP, don't you think? This stain will turn most wood species this shade. 
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March 25, 2020

Simple 1 Hour DIY & The Brancacci Chapel

This chapel is often referred to as the Sistine Chapel of the Early Renaissance. The fresco interior was done by the artist Brancacci in 1425! The artwork tells the story of Saint Peter- including his time with Christ and his miracles. Michelangelo came here as an art apprentice to learn from these same frescos. You can see the female Satan / snake  in this work is similar to Michelangelo’s own on the real Sistine chapel. Incredible to see where a master drew his inspiration!

Pine is the least expensive and most abundant wood species for most Americans and when you purchase unfinished wood pieces it's often made of pine. So I created the PERFECT stain for it! This little plant stand was made from pine scrap and it's getting a new look!


  • Unstained furniture piece (can be new wood or stripped, this is made from PINE scraps.)
  • Sand paper and palm sander
  • Wood Stain: Pining from Weatherwood


1.] SAND
Begin with either new wood or strip previously finished tabletop. Start with a rough grit with a 120 grit.

Brush on 2-1 coats of Weatherwood Pining stain to weather pine to a pretty grey brown color. Brush on and allow product to air dry natural.

Seal the table with 2-3 coats of Weatherwash Varnish, we used Satin.

You can save 10% on Weatherwood products, like you saw here, with code WELCOME10. I hope to see you at tomorrow's party!

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March 18, 2020

Fireplace Refresh & The Medici Tomb

Michelangelo is a true master. Walking through his town, over 500 years later, I couldn't help but imagine what it would've been like for him. To be growing up in Florence, the end of the 1400's! You would've seen people walking in renaissance garb, oil lamps burning, children and animals in the streets. In some ways Florence has changed but it others, it never will. Towards the middle to end of Michelangelo's life, he returns to Florence to work on the crypt of his benefactors and Florence's rulers, the Medici! We visited the crypt which was styled after the Pantheon. Check out the post below, you won't want to miss it!

You guys are going to LOVE this fireplace refresh from our friend Kelly at Street Flea Style! She turned her outdated red brick fireplace into a modern and updated space! The previous mantel began as a nearly pink color! But don't worry, wood is forgiving and it's 100% gorgeous again.



You can use this same staining technique on FAUX BOX BEAMS -like this post- or on solid wood beams, like I'm going to show you today. You can stain any wood, but we're working here with cedar. That's a super common wood for this type of project. 

1.] You will want to stain the red cedar with Weatherwood Salvage stain. We strain the stain and then put the stain through our gravity sprayer and applied it to the wood in even coats. We apply a heavy coat of stain and let the wood air dry for 30-40 minutes.

Depending on the red cedar you have, the color result will be anything from brown to dark gray to gray and brown mixture. That's because the tannin in cedar varies so much. Check out the Color Chart for more options! For a DARK GRAY result, use Pining Stain. For a LIGHT GRAY result, use Light Oaking. For a BROWN color, use Salvage Stain. 

BEFORE: As you apply the stains, you can see the wood turn from bright red color. 

AFTER: And in about 30 minutes, the wood changes to a beautiful barnwood brown. You can This type of stain completely alters the undertone of wood. 

Don't forget to visit our friend Kelly at Street Flea Style and see more from her groghsou home. For more color options, see our Color Chart for more choices and don't forget to save 10% on your first order with code: WELCOME10.

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March 11, 2020

Restoration Hardware's Natural color on PINE & Palazzo Vecchio TOUR

Ever wonder what it looks like inside a Florence castle? This Medici castle doesn’t disappoint! This castle sits in the square right outside of our AirBNN- in the promo tourist area of Florence. We walked by it nearly every day for four months- if you're interested what the inside looks like, check out my post!