Friday, November 18, 2011

How to Get The Look of Aged Wood: Part 2

Thanks for hanging in there with me while I (slowly) put this tutorial together. It's been so interesting to see how the vinegar and steel wool mixture reacts to different types of wood. The first table, here, took on a grayish tone...but the one I've worked on for this tutorial has been a warm brownish.

If you'd like to see the first part of the tutorial, go here.

Next, I got a small can of Minwax stain in "Pickled Oak".

Pickling and liming are one in the same...I had to google both when I first heard of this technique. It's similar to a white wash, but oil based.

I applied it twice, wiping it off after about 10 minutes each time.

After I applied it the first time
Second can see it's not soaking in immediately

Next, I mixed up a white wash solution. Nothing fancy from me.... I don't measure it out, I just put some water on a paper plate, dip a stir stick in white paint, and mix it around.

And because paper plates aren't the best in containing liquid, I spilled some on the garage floor...learn from me!

Here is the table during it's one and only coat of white wash...

I let her sit like that for about 10 minutes, wiped it off, and she was done. I'm not sure how vinegar, steel wool, pickling stain and white wash work together to create this look, but I'm loving it.


I distressed and heavily glazed the apron and legs. A dog had gotten to this table before I did, so I had no choice but to make this table dirtied up!

So what do you think? Will you be trying this technique? Which look do you like better...the vinegar and steel wool only or the whole shebang?

Please ask if you have questions...I'm not a great writer, so I imagine some peeps are confused!


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Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Sounds like a acience experiment but it sure turned out cool! Way to go Allison!

Chrissie said...

Love it! I do that same sort of thing all the time. Just doing a bit of this and that until I get the look I want. Your table turned out great!

Cassie Bustamante said...

i need just the right piece and then i will be doing this- love the look. LOVE.

Erin said...

Love how you pickled/whitewashed over top of the aged finish! Has a driftwood feel to it now.

Erin @ Carolina Country Living

hilary@oldhousetruelove said...


Heaven's Walk said...

LUV the pickling, Allison! What a sweet table transformation! :)

xoxo laurie

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

Love it!

Thank you for entering my giveaway too :)


Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Amazing! What a talent! Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

beachgirl said...

I've been exploring different pin posts on Pinterst and on blogs looking for DIY how-to demos to achieve this effect, like Restoration Hardware Furniture..kind of like a driftwood look...this is the first time I've seen the apple cider vinegar and steel wool technique... your table turned out great!

I'm curious though, with all the time you've used this technique, have you ever tried it with the Annie Sloan Chalk paints, (which I think are water base?) rather than oil based pickle stain, as you said you've used here? I want to try this vinegar technique, but not sure if it will work with the water base chalk paint I'm using.

If you or any other bloggers have tried this technique with Annie Sloan Chalk paint or other water base paints, can you please let me know.

I'll continue to enjoy following and browsing through your blog posts.

Cheers! J