Introduction: Top Secret Weathered Finish for NEW Furniture

Here is a brand new way of giving wood furniture a rustic weathered look without whitewashing it. I hate to see real wood covered up with paint. This is a way to make it look old, but you get to keep the wood look! I have all the steps on this instructable, but you might find it easier to watch my video. Copy and paste the link below for a tutorial.


You'll need two stains a very dark stain and a lighter stain. I used Dark Walnut and English Chestnut

You will also need a clear coat of some kind. I recommend a satin polyurethane.

Also, you will need a cloth and a small paint brush.

Step 1: Prepare Your Wood

For a weathered look, you don't need to do much prep work, I recommend using an 80 grit sandpaper to sand down your furniture for a rustic look. If you prefer a finer look, I recommend using 220.

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Step 2: Start With Your Dark Stain

For this step, I chose "Dark Walnut" because I had some left over from another project. If you don't have any left over, you won't need much, even for larger projects. Take a rag or and old cloth and spread the stain in the cracks and interior edges of your furniture.

Remember, Old furniture tends to lighten up in the areas that are most exposed. The interior edges are often much darker.

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Step 3: Spread More Dark Stain Throughout the Piece

Once you have spread the stain throughout the interior edges, continue to spread some of the dark stain throughout your furniture in random spots. I wouldn't worry about doing this to the inside of your pieces. We will take care of those later. Your piece should look like this when you are done.

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Step 4: Allow Your Stain to Dry

I recommend letting the stain dry for at least 30 minutes. You can let it dry for 6-8 hours. This will give the darker areas a less blended appearance. It looks more rustic in my opinion.

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Step 5: Use the Lighter Stain to Cover the Remaining Area

I used a different rag to spread my lighter stain on the remaining area of my furniture. I spread the stain throughout the whole piece so the two stains blend in together. You don't have to cover all the areas where the dark stain is, but I do recommend going over the edges to blend the two colors in a bit. I do recommend staining the remaining inside portion of your piece, but you decide if there are some areas that you don't mind leaving bare. Your visitors probably aren't going to pull out your drawers.

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Step 6: Apply a Clear Coat

After my stain is dry,

I used a satin polyurethane and a paint brush to coat my pieces. If you decide that the piece needs a second coat, you can allow it to dry, sand it with a 220 grit sandpaper, and give it another coat.

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Step 7: Enjoy the OLD Weathered Look!

As you can see in the photos, You're all done. The dark stain gives the wood the appearance of wear and tear, and you didn't have to cover up your craftsmanship! If you like this tutorial, check out my Youtube channel and subscribe so i can upload more cool DIY projects and tips!


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