How to Age Wood or Give it a Burned Appearance
Thanks for stopping by! Check out some of my posts on home improvement and DIY projects while you’re here! This post includes affiliate links to products. I may receive a commission if products are purchased through the provided links. My full disclosure statement can be found here Specifically, in this case, I’m aging some scraps of very cheap pine from the common boards area in Home Depot. Common boards can be found in the building materials section and are very inexpensive. Depending on what size you’re looking for they’re somewhere in the range of $3 – $4 dollars for an 8 foot board. They come in 1×2, 1×4, 1×6, 1×8, and sometimes, depending on the store 1×10. In this post I’m really going to focus on aging wood for a bench project. What the project actually will actually be is a bench for our mini mudroom behind the stairs. There are two posts coming that are related to the aged wood, our mini mudroom and the assembly of the scrap wood bench. So back to the wood. I didn’t buy this wood for this project, so I can’t really give you a price other than to say, for me it was free. Of course I did buy it at some point, but all the pieces used here came from my scrap pile. I hate to throw away wood. If you’re anything like me you’ve got a big heap of scrap wood, waiting for you to find some sort of purpose for it. Today my scrap pile came through for me. With out getting into the assembly of this scrap wood, I’ll just say, after it was assembled and cut to the shape I wanted, I wanted to give these seams the stage. I should note here that these boards ARE connected to each other at this stage. I have three stains I’m using in this process. honestly I needed a blend and it’s what I had, I don’t mean to send you out to find these exact ones. That Minwax Polyshades can on top is Pecan and the one below it is Zar wood stain in Cherry. Although, as I said, you don’t have to have these exact stains to achieve a similar look, I have to say I love these stains. Especially the Zar but both really deliver on depth and variation. The large can is Varathane wood stain from Rust-Oleum in Kona, which is pretty similar to an espresso but I think it shows more variation. Again, I’m using pine here so I really really need to use a wood conditioner first. The reason is that pine (in particular) tends to go muddy when stain is applied to it with out using a wood conditioner. I used Minwax’s pre stain wood conditioner, just throw it on with any old brush (I used one of those cheap foam brushes that come in a big bag at Hobby Lobby) and wait about 30 minutes.