Armoire With a Weathered Wood Finish
Editor's Note: It is extremely dangerous to mix anything with bleach. Do not move onto the bleach step of this project until there is absolutely no acetone left on your piece.
My armoire needed a makeover. The pine was so orange it was looking dated. So with a lot of trial and error, I found a great way to make it more of an updated weathered gray.
This is what it looked like before.
Strip Off The Old Finish
The armoire had a wax finish on it so we needed to get that off. It comes off pretty easily with regular acetone and a little scraping. Be sure to wear gloves and use acetone in a very well ventilated area, keep away from any heat and flame and follow all label directions.
You can also use paint stripper for this step.
Sand The Wood
Once we had all the wax removed, we sanded the wood really well.
But it still looked really red so...
Bleach The Wood
I bleached it with regular household chlorine bleach.
Make sure there's no acetone left on the wood because you don't ever want to mix anything with bleach.
I wiped the bleach on full strength, very evenly with a sponge in the direction of the grain. Then I set it in the sun to dry for about 3 hours to accelerate the bleaching. I did 3 applications.
Be sure to use caution when using bleach! Read and follow all label directions!
The bleach will raise the grain of the pine so we sanded it down again really well.
Apply Accelerating Stain
Once we got all the sanding dust off, it was time for the weathered wood accelerator.
It doesn't really go on like regular stain. It’s really thin — like water. And it starts to work as soon as it hits the wood. You need to brush it on evenly with the grain. Don’t let it pool or run. We had to work really fast to get it on evenly. Read and follow the label directions.
After you put it on, it starts to make the wood look gray
Like it’s been out in the weather for years
And it continues to darken a little more over time unless you put a finish over it
We let ours sit for about 5 days and this is the color we ended up with.
Then we just put a coat of clear wax over it and we were done.
I just love the way it turned out!
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