How To Create A Weathered Wood Finish

DIY Create The Look Of Weathered Wood With Stain! @nestofbliss

Hi friends!

First of all, I want to say how incredibly sorry I am that I have not been as active with Nest of Bliss the past little while. The truth is I’ve been going through something very personal that I’m not quite ready to share at this time. Please know I have not forgotten you!

Onto a happier note, today I wanted to share with you my foyer table. It was built a little while back now, but I had never gotten around to staining it. I knew I wanted a weathered wood finish, and many staining options scared me as I thought they might not turn out exactly as I envisioned. I attempted to simply white-wash the table, but that wasn’t enough to offset the yellow tone of the pine.

DIY Create The Look Of Weathered Wood With Stain! @nestofbliss

Finally though, I selected a stain by Minwax called Weathered Oak – you may have heard of it! It’s fairly new, and I initially looked for the product in local stores in my area, but wasn’t able to find it. Thankfully, I was able to get the stain sent to me, as well as the Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, which I had never tried before.

DIY Create The Look Of Weathered Wood With Stain! @nestofbliss

Prior to staining the table, I had already beat up the wood to creature texture & the look of age. You can read about my process in my tutorial on how to create the look of reclaimed barn wood.

DIY Create The Look Of Weathered Wood With Stain! @nestofbliss

DIY Create The Look Of Weathered Wood With Stain! @nestofbliss

After I cleared off the table and wiped down my surface, I used a plain, cheap paint brush to apply the Pre-Stain Conditioner. I ended up using two coats of this and was surprised to discover how glossy and protected in made the surface of the wood prior to staining! The instructions give you a timeframe in which you should stain after you apply this product, so make sure you have the time to come back & stain!

DIY Create The Look Of Weathered Wood With Stain! @nestofbliss

When the conditioner was completely dry, I then applied Minwax Weathered Oak stain. I applied this with a brush and did not wipe off any access. I prefer this method as I like the stain to fully penetrate the wood.

DIY Create The Look Of Weathered Wood With Stain! @nestofbliss

After the coat was dry, I went ahead and applied another. I found the more you layered this somewhat translucent stain, the more colour build-up you can acquire! I wanted a deeper grey-tone and this worked wonders!

DIY Create The Look Of Weathered Wood With Stain! @nestofbliss
Here’s how it turned out after the stain was dry

DIY Create The Look Of Weathered Wood With Stain! @nestofbliss

DIY Create The Look Of Weathered Wood With Stain! @nestofbliss

The stain created – in my opinion – the perfect weathered wood finish. It’s comforting knowing I didn’t have to put my table outside for a whole winter to achieve it!

DIY Create The Look Of Weathered Wood With Stain! @nestofbliss

If you have a beachy/coastal or country theme within your home, I would definitely recommend this process for a wood project you may have. πŸ™‚

DIY Create The Look Of Weathered Wood With Stain! @nestofbliss

What do you think? Do you have a favourite stain technique?

DIY Create The Look Of Weathered Wood With Stain! @nestofbliss
If you enjoyed this post, you may want to check out my Summer Farmhouse tourΒ where you can see a few others rooms in my home. πŸ™‚

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  1. Elisabeth says:

    Hi Brandi,
    That looks fabulous! I’m just about to do this (God willing!) to my dining table and this is really helpful. I may have to import the Minwax though, which means waiting…… I have the same problem as you did with the pine, as the table is a wood we call Oregon, which is a soft-wood/pine kind of timber.

    Hope your troubles are on the way to a mend.

    Thanks again, Brandi. Cheers, Elisabeth.

    • Hi Elisabeth,
      I hope you are easily able to find the stain! I am sure with time it will be found more easily on local shelves. It’s a great stain!
      Be sure to let me know how your project turns out when it’s finished.
      Thank you for your words!

  2. I LOVE IT! It’s so fresh and inviting!

  3. Leslie F says:

    Thank you so much Brandi! I love it, and I am off to the Home Depot to see if they have the stain! You are such a lifesaver! I hope my table turns out as well as yours did – your foyer table is absolutely beautiful!

    I apologize for being such a pain in the rear too! I am very appreciative though!

    And I hope all is well on your end – please keep us all posted. πŸ˜€

    • Not a pain at all, Leslie! I’m happy to be able to help! Let me know how it turns out for you. πŸ™‚

  4. Love the project!! But I can not stop looking at those beautiful floors!

  5. Thank you so much for the tutorial! I hope to use it on some projects this summer.

  6. I love the way this turned out. I have the weathered oak stain sitting in the garage. I’ve only used it once and wasn’t a fan but I also didn’t use more than one coat before I changed my direction. Now I think I need to try it out again. Turned out so beautiful!

    • Thank you so much, Chelisa! The more layers you use the more the grey tones deepen and layer up. It’s a fairly translucent stain so I think it’s all in how you apply it and the look you are trying to achieve. πŸ™‚

  7. Looks great Brandi! I was wondering if you’ve ever tried weathering wood using the steel wool and vinegar method? From the photos it looks like the results might be similar. I’m curious how the stain vs the steel wool and vinegar method would compare.
    Hope things are better soon!

    • Hey Dan!

      I have tried that before, but in my experience have discovered that it depends on the wood you do it on. I used it on yellowy-pine for my dining room table and it turned a bright, awful orange! Luckily I was able to eventually achieve the finish I wanted, but I think I will need to experiment with that method a bit more in the future!

  8. I am loving your foyer table! I love the style and the look of the weathered wood is beautiful. Awesome job!

  9. I love the design — and the stain. It would be perfect in our new beach house. Did you build the table? If so, do you have instructions for that?

  10. Hi there! Love the tutorial.
    Do you happen to have a tutorial to build that gorgeous table as well? We would love to build it for our foyer. Thank you πŸ™‚

  11. Amy Alexander says:

    Hello Brandi ,
    My husband just built a copy of your console . We are trying to duplicate your stain.
    Not turning out the way your did . Just to clarify . You used pine . White washed lightly then stained with minwax conditioner and then weathered oak right?
    Thanks in advance for your help;)!!
    Love your blog

    • Yes that is what we did, I found I used many thick layers of the weathered oak to get it to the appearance I was aiming for. Trial and error, you’ll get there. πŸ™‚

  12. Hi! I love the look of this table! I want to Redo a coffee table that is already beat up on its own πŸ˜‰ can you tell me what you did to white wash the table? Thanks!

    • Before the minwax stain? As for the white washing portion, I just mixed some off-white paint samples I had on hand with a bit of water, and simply painted it on. πŸ™‚

  13. Hi Brandi,
    I am so happy I found your blog! We are redecorating our house in a coastal beachy theme..I love love love your home! What is the color/brand paint in your foyer? Thank you so much for this tutorial..can’t wait to try it out!

    • Thank you so much! At this time I can’t recall the color, but I know it’s by Behr… I should have a paint colors section soon.

  14. Do you have the tutorial on who to build this sofa table?

  15. do you have the plans on how you made your table??

  16. Do you have the plans to make this?

  17. This is the exact look I’m going for in my laundry room! What color paint is on the walls?

    Thanks for the great post!

  18. I just came across this post, it’s absolutely stunning! “Brag Post of the Day” on our Facebook page, thank you for sharing!

  19. You have such great talent! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Christine says:

    Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me what color the floors are stained? I love the subtle contrast between the table and floors.

    • Hi Christine, the floors are actually not stained, that is a floor paint that is just tinted an off white color, almost like a cream. I do not know exactly what the color is, but I always use Benjamin Moore paint swatches to choose my colors. If you go with an ivory or a cream you should be good. It must be the picture that is making it look like a stain but it is in fact paint. Hope that helps! πŸ™‚

  21. I can not find the exact plans on ana whites website for this table. the one i keep finding is the the shelf on it.

    am I missing it?

  22. Hi Brandi, beautiful table! Could you also tell me where you got the accessories on the table? I am decorating with a beachy theme and love the items on the table. Thank you!

    • Hi Shay, thankyou! I am not sure where you are from, but I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. Some of these items were given to me, or thrift finds. The Driftwood Seahorse was in a Big Stop Irving that had a gift store, I just had to have that. The other beachy items I got in Mahone Bay. I am sure that is not going to help you at all. My advice to you is when you see something beachy that you like/love snatch it up and start getting some things together. These items were gathered over a few years. Happy Hunting and good luck. Brandi

  23. Great Blog. I love the table! By the way you have a great Pinterest profile as well! ~Bryan

  24. Carol Buddin says:

    Exactly what I was searching for today…how to make the wood look weathered gray! I just stripped the top of an antique oak draw leaf table and wanted the weathered look. I was afraid I couldn’t get it with the natural yellow/orange undertones. I’ll look for that new stain and try it out! I have painted the legs and skirt red w/black antique gel, so want the top to coordinate! Thanks!

  25. I am just curious if you think I can use a wiping stain by Minwax that I already purchased. Also 8 was not planning on do the first coat of pre-stain as mine is an outdoor 8ft farm table.

    • Hi Laura, sorry for the late reply. I have not used the wiping stain. What I would do is take a scrap piece of wood and try it on that and see if you get results that you like. Brandi πŸ™‚


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