A while back, my uncle brought me a few chunks of wood that he cut from his mountain property. I had no idea what I would do with them at the time, so I let them sit in the living room. Every day I would walk past them and brainstorm different ideas. I even used them as props when I photographed my gold rimmed chalkboard pots.
Then, one day it hit me!
I grabbed the flattest and straightest of the boards and set off to make a tray.
Because the wood was dry, but still very natural looking, I wanted to give it a weathered look. It’s very easy!
First, stuff a mason jar with steel wool and then fill it up with vinegar. Let that sit at least 24 hours.
Next, boil water then add a few black tea bags (flavor doesn’t matter) to the water. Let it steep until it’s really dark.
To get the wood ready, I had to sand it. It was a very “rough” cut, which I love. However, it had all sorts of splinters.
I grabbed our sander and gave both sides a good sandin’.
Much better! And I made sure to leave the majority of the original markings.
To weather the wood, first use the tea and wipe it on. It’s ok if the tea has cooled.
Once it’s dried, wipe on the steel wool/ vinegar mixture.
It will immediately start turning a “gray” color.
I added a few more coats and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
Side note: I used a rag to wipe it on, but I would highly recommend that you use a paint brush or wear gloves.. My hands have been stained for several days. All part of the process!
Once the wood was dried and the color I wanted, I grabbed my handles.
I made sure each handle was centered and screwed them on.
It’s just lovely beyond belief!
I made sure to leave the bark on each side…
I’m tellin’ ya, I LOVE the markings in the wood!
The handles are the perfect touch!
And the gray weathered finish is my favorite… just look at it!
I’m so happy I have one more board too!
Thanks Uncle! You can bring me random wood pieces anytime! Seriously.
Now to figure out what to do with the other board…
Happy Memorial Day!!
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