Cold Weathered Wood Coffee Table
How to Create a Weathered Wood Look on any surface.
This post originally appeared in January 2013. Due to severe computer problems, it is being recycled!
The weather here is Sunny and Clear but COLD! (Well, I guess cold is relative), But anything below 50 is cold to me. I thought I would use the clear skies to get this “Free to Me” table done in the beautiful weather. Just in time for Paris Flea Market.
The top of this table was seriously loved by its previous owners, two small children. I just needed a good sanding to smooth it out, and it was good to go. Here we are with “le before”:
I used Debi’s Design Diary DIY Paints products. They are 100% Natural, Clay Based Paints. The colors are rich and varied, and you can use the all-natural products hem in so many ways. There are no latex, acrylic, or plastic compounds in DIY Paint. It is the only Clay Based paint on the market, which makes it a stand-alone in Clay and Chalk Type Paints. The clay holds up to nine times more pigment than any other comparable brand, so you use far less paint.
I wanted an industrial look but warmed up with the base. I started with a base coat of Gravel Road, which was good to the last drop. Literally. If you just add a little water when you get to the bottom of the can, you can get every last drop out, and I did!
After this dried, I covered the next layer with a thin coat of DIY Paint in Letter Press Grey. Since it was so dry and clear, this dried very quickly too. My next step was where the weathered wood begins.
I used a clear glaze medium, about 1 cup. I added 1 drop of DIY Dark Patina and about 4 drops of DIY Paint in Little Black Dress. I thoroughly stirred the mixture, then brushed it on in sections, and went back over it by “taking it off” with a cheesecloth scrunched up like a pompom.
When the glaze was complete, I spritzed the top of the table with water with THIS continuous Mister Sprayer. You get atomized drops and a much better look than big drops of water. This produced the water stains look. This took about an hour to dry. This creates the “weathered wood look”.
I finished the piece by sealing it with one coat of DIY Paint Big Top and finished with DIY Paint Clear Wax for extra durability, when you add Clear Wax over the Big Top, it creates a water-tight finish. You can spill soda, etc. on it and it will just pool up.
The base of the table I painted in one of my favorite DIY Paint Colors, DIY Paint Cake Batter. I sanded the final coat with 320 grit and 220 grit for distressing. I sealed the base with DIY Paint Clear Wax. DIY Paint Clear wax is 100% Natural Bees Wax so it is wonderful for your dried hands and cuticles too!
This table sold quickly!
The combinations on this look are endless. If you have Grey Skies where you live, make the cold weather nice by creating my Cold Weathered Wood Finish with DIY Paint. If you try this, I would love to know! Leave a comment or send me an email, I love hearing from you!