How to give a Weathered Wood Finish to a Smooth Surface

Weathered, rustic, barn wood, antique, white wash; these are all popular finishes that you’ve probably heard of! If you haven’t heard of them you must be living in a box. LOL. This trend has been around a while, and I think it’s here to stay a little bit longer. When I was thinking about how to makeover my entryway bench (which is a smooth laminate surface) I decided to give it a weathered wood finish with dark wax. I’m going to show you how I created it with a quick video.

how to create a weathered wood look

I really wrestled over what finish to give this very smooth surface. Also, it had a previous paint job (very poor paint job) of medium gray chalk paint.

This bench was given to me by my mother. It is actually a Montessori bench that holds toys and books and it has a mirror on the back. My kids are getting a little older and had outgrown it, so it was time for a DIY bench makeover!

This bench is made of faux wood. Actually I believe it’s a laminate material. I’m no stranger to painting laminate so I knew I needed to use a good primer with paint or a chalk paint product to get it to “stick.”

I decided to use a chalk paint product. You can see more about how to chalk paint here.

How do you give a weathered wood finish to a smooth surface?

My easiest solution to create a weathered wood finish on a laminate surface or faux wood is to paint the entire surface with white chalk paint and then “distress” it with dark wax.

If you are wanting more tips about how to use furniture wax, I’ve got you covered.

Here she is in all her original glory! Yuck. At one time this bench served a good purpose in my kids playroom, but it was time to give it new life!

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Materials needed to create a weathered wood finish:

How to create a weathered wood look on faux wood;

  1. The first thing you always need to do before you start painting a surface is to clean it really well. Make sure the dust particles are gone and the surface is clean and smooth
  2. Next, grab your white paint and cover the entire piece with a coat of white paint. You don’t have to use a white paint, it can be a light brown or light gray. Actually, the light gray creates a more “realistic” weathered wood look. I wanted the finish to be very light, that’s why I chose the white.
  3. You can choose to add a second coat of paint, but I decided to leave just one coat. I felt like this would create a more “rustic” look.
  4. After the paint is dry, next comes the dark wax.
HOW TO CREATE A WEATHERED WOOD or WHITE WASH LOOK on a laminate surface or a smooth surface

A side note; if you’re looking for a more “rustic” wood look on a real piece of wood, check out how I created the weathered barn wood look on new wood. You won’t believe what product I used to create a weathered or white wash look.

I’m really pleased with how my DIY weathered wood bench turned out.

How to give a Weathered Wood Finish to a Smooth Surface
How to give a Weathered Wood Finish to a Smooth Surface
How to give a Weathered Wood Finish to a Smooth Surface
How to give a Weathered Wood Finish to a Smooth Surface
How to give a Weathered Wood Finish to a Smooth Surface
Weathered wood finish

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How to create a Weathered Wood Finish on a smooth surface

How to create a Weathered Wood Finish on a smooth surface

Want to know How to give a Weathered Wood Finish to a Smooth Surface. I've shared how to add a weathered wood look to an old entryway bench WITH a VIDEO. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost 50 dollars

Materials

  • Gloves
  • White chalk paint (use a light brown or light gray for a darker wood look)
  • Clear wax
  • Dark wax
  • Lint free rag
  • Round brush

Instructions

  1. Make sure the dust particles are gone and the surface is clean and smooth.
  2. Apply the first coat of white paint.
  3. You can choose to add a second coat of paint, but I decided to leave just one coat. I felt like this would create a more "rustic" look.
  4. After the paint is dry, dip the tip of your round brush in the clear wax.
  5. Next dip it lightly in the dark wax and apply it to the furniture piece with long brush strokes.
  6. Once you have applied one light coat of dark wax, use the lint free rag and dip it in clear wax.
  7. Blend the dark wax by applying the clear wax in the same motion as you applied the dark wax.
  8. Let it dry completely

Notes

You don't have to use a white paint, it can be a light brown or light gray. Actually, the light gray creates a more "realistic" weathered wood look. I wanted the finish to be very light, that's why I chose the white.

Lindsey**

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