My husband and I used just finished our biggest DIY project for our home and created a natural wood stain to get the pallet/barn wood look we were going for.
A few weeks ago we completed our wood wall project on one of the walls in our home. Before starting our project I did a lot of research on Pinterest to find the look I was going for. I decided that I wanted the pallet/old barn wood look.
I first researched pallets and discovered that Lowe's actually gives their used pallets away for free. This sounded like a great idea and a super cheap way to complete our wood wall. Then I realized the pallets would have needed to be cleaned and treated for bugs. Plus, you also have to check and see what chemicals the pallets were treated with before using them in your home (safety hazard). That all just seemed like a headache to me.
Next, I looked into some panelling sold at Lowe's that already has the "old distressed" wood look. However, it was way too expensive for my budget.
I finally decided that we needed to buy the wood and stain it ourselves. Here's the thing though, there are SO MANY different stains out there which is the worst for someone as indecisive as I am. Not to mention I'm the worst at staining wood and we had about 65 1 x 4's that needed to be stained. I wasn't interested in painting a coat of stain on each one and then wiping it off. So I kept researching and stumbled upon this natural DIY wood stain. This method of staining was a lifesaver!
I stained one board to see if I liked it. At first I wasn't sure, so I bought a few small cans of Minwax wood stain to see if they offered something I liked. After staining two boards I immediately new the natural DIY wood stain was the exact look I was going for and the method I wanted to use. Over the next couple of days my husband and I stained all of the boards and got ready to put up our wood wall.
I have to admit that even before we put the boards on the wall I was a little nervous at how it would look and all come together. I'm happy to say that I LOVE the wall and the contrast of the wood.
To prepare for the DIY natural wood stain you steep 4 family size tea bags in two cups of boiling water for 24 hours in a medium sized bowl. In a separate bowl place one steel wool pad in 16 ounces of apple cider vinegar and let it soak for for 24 hours.
Then apply one coat of the tea to your wood boards. Allow this to sit for one hour to dry. Sometimes I didn't wait one hour because I got in a hurry and it turned out ok.
After the tea is dry apply one coat of the steel wool and vinegar mixture. As you can see in the picture below over time the wood will darken. I got super nervous on the first board I did this on because the wood didn't stain right away. Usually within 30 minutes the wood will be pretty dark. Once the wood dries completely you will be able to see the beautiful grey old barn wood look. I have several pictures below to give you a better idea.
This is what the wood looked like a day later once it's completely dry.
DIY Natural Wood Stain Materials and Steps
Have you completed any DIY wood projects? I will be revealing our wood wall this week so stay tuned!