I love working with wood and paint. I seem to be able to envision something and then know how to make it look like I want it too. I have no clue why I can do that. Most of the time, I don’t even read a tutorial on it. Shame on me……
Anyway, I promised a tutorial on how to get this particular aged look, so here it is…..Finally.
Your choice of wood
Dark wood stain, color of your choice. I use Min-Wax Ebony stain
Small amount of white paint to make the wash with
Paint, your choice of color
Crackle finishing product
For this look, I used some pre-cut boards from Lowe’s. These are poplar. I like using it because it seems to take the stain well. And it’s less expensive than some of the other woods. Lowe’s’ does carry other woods and sizes, so it depends on your budget and the size you need.
Lightly sand whatever wood you are working with and wipe it with a damp cloth to remove all the dust from sanding. I like to use a microfiber cloth. Let it dry completely.
Using a dark stain, lightly start adding the stain to the wood. I use an old rag and a small amount of stain. Wipe it off almost immediately. let the stain dry completely and then make a wash with some white paint.and water, using an old rag, wipe it on and off the board quickly. Dry thoroughly.
Color of your choice for the top coat. I don’t really worry about getting a nice even coat. You are going to be sanding some of it off and this helps with the aged look.
Let it dry thoroughly. I use a belt sander to let the aged wood come through and also make the top coat look chippy. When it’s sanded to the way you want it to be, wipe it clean . Add your verbiage, using the method you prefer. I have several different ways I use, stenciling, tracing or using a printer that will print a mirror image and using modpodge to transfer the words.
Sand again, wipe it dry and add a clear coat. There you go!
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