If you had the choice would you rather use weathered barn wood boards as an accent wall or would you rather use new boards? How about new boards with the weathered look! That’s the best of both worlds right? The weathered barn wood look is in, and I can’t wait to show you how easy it is to create it!
It’s interesting to me to see how trends change. Growing up the home trends seemed to be all about new homes and new decor. Lately (as in the last 10 years) the home trends are moving more towards “antique, aged and restored.”
I do love a new home (especially that new home smell!) but you don’t get that authentic character that you see in an older home.
That’s why this weathered wood technique is so great; you get the best of both worlds.
A little disclaimer; this technique works best with wood that has a prominent wood grain. It doesn’t matter what type of wood (as a matter of fact, I’m using a scrap piece of deck wood for this project), just as long as it has a nice wood grain. The heavier the wood grain, the better the “weathered look” will show up.
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The picture below is the new wood before this awesome aged treatment has been applied.
Materials needed to make new wood look aged:
How to Create the Weathered Barn Wood look with New Wood.
- Stain the wood and let it dry completely
- Apply the joint compound heavily on the wood with a putty knife or a regular knife
- Use the putty knife to “rake” most of the excess joint compound off of the wood. Rake in the direction of the wood grain.
- Once the majority of the excess joint compound has been removed, use a paper towel or lint free cloth to wipe the wood down.
- You can use a wet cloth to remove as much as you want until you get the desired look
- Wait at least an hour to let the wood dry
- Repeat the steps to get the desired finish if the first finish wasn’t “aged” enough
Let me show you the aged wood process in pictures.
Below is what the wood looked like while scraping a few layers of joint compound off of it.
Pictured above is what the wood looked like after about ten minutes of removing the excess compound.
Below is the wood after about an hour that I removed the joint compound.
I love my “new weathered wood” now.
Who says you can’t make new things look old!
This wood project was so much fun because it didn’t cost me a dime or take much time at all!
Now I’ve got to find a piece of furniture or accent wall that I can apply this aged wood technique to. Wish me luck!
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