Cheryl Phan
Cheryl Phan
  • Hometalk Helper
  • West Palm Beach, FL

Weathered Wood Finish in 3 Easy Steps

6 Materials
1 Day

I bought this cute little table for $25 at my favorite thrift store. It was exactly what I was looking for except for the finish; I wanted a weathered wood finish. No big deal, this is an easy 3-step fix.

weathered wood finish in 3 easy steps

The size of the table was a perfect fit for this narrow porch. The only thing was, the tabletop needed a quick fix. I wanted it to have a beachy vibe to go along with the rest of the coastal theme. A weathered wood finish is what it needed.

weathered wood finish in 3 easy steps

These are the supplies you’re going to need:

A large car sponge, gloves, wood stain, and a clear coat (I forgot to add it in the picture).

weathered wood finish in 3 easy steps

Step 1

The first thing I did was sand it down to the natural wood. I used 320 grit sandpaper and an electric sander. It’s the fastest way to get it done. No time to do it by hand.

weathered wood finish in 3 easy steps

When sanding a wood surface, it’s always best to follow the grain of the wood.

weathered wood finish in 3 easy steps

Make sure you clean all the dust off. I just used a clean rag and I also used a paintbrush to get it out of the cracks.

Step 2: Apply a small amount of stain on the car sponge

weathered wood finish in 3 easy steps

Start at the top and wipe the stain on the wood in a vertical direction. It dries really fast so work in small sections.

weathered wood finish in 3 easy steps

When it dries, lightly sand the wood to create some additional distressing and help enhance the graining. It will give it that weathered beachy look. Wipe off the dust.


weathered wood finish in 3 easy steps

Step 3: Seal your finish

I used a clear coat that works well for exterior surfaces because my table is on the outside porch.


weathered wood finish in 3 easy steps

Brush the clear coat evenly in a vertical fashion and cover the entire piece of furniture. I applied two coats.

weathered wood finish in 3 easy steps

I love how the natural wood color and the grays show through. Not bad for a $25 thrift store find.

Hope this was helpful.

Would you like to learn more DIY tips, join my free Facebook group Ask Cheryl Phan. And if you have a question don’t be afraid to ask.

Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

13 Spectacular Ways To Display Your House Number
18 Adorable Bird Feeders You'll Want To Make Right Now
13 Spectacular Ways To Display Your House Number
31 Creative Garden Features Perfect For Summer
Browse Through These Dream Bedrooms & Find Your Favorite!
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
21 Totally Terrific Things You Can Do With Doilies
30 Fun Way To Brighten Up Your Backyard This Summer
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
15 Things To Do With Scrap Material
Fake It Until You Make It! 27 Creative Hacks for High-End Looks
30 Essential Hacks For Cleaning Around Your Home
31 Super Cute & Easy DIY Ideas For Your Kitchen
16 Ways to Showcase Your Herb Garden
22 Ideas To Make Your Terra Cotta Pots Look Oh-So-Pretty
Cheryl Phan

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

1 question
  • Trudy
    on Aug 17, 2019

    Looks Great! I am curious, why did you stain with a car wash sponge instead of a rag or brush?

    • Cheryl Phan
      on Aug 23, 2019

      Hi Em:

      Thanks for taking the time to read my post. To answer your question, the reason I use a car sponge instead of a rag or brush is because it gives it an even finish. Sometimes when you use a rag or brush it will leave streaks. It's also less messy and easier to apply the product. You can use rags or a brush but when working with a stain you want to add it then remove it as soon as you put it on. I just use the same sponge to do both. If you would like more of my DIY tricks and tip I would like to invite you to get my weekly blog incase you haven't already done so here's the link. Happy painting. looking forward to talking again.


Join the conversation

2 of 6 comments
  • Kris
    on Aug 18, 2019

    What a difference, it was beautiful before but the change is so much softer looking and beachy like you wanted. Thanks for the share!

  • Jo Falasca
    on Aug 23, 2019

    Beautiful table. I’m going to try this. Thanks for an easy job.

Your comment...