Weatherwood Stained Cabinet

I’m in the midst freshening up some of my favorite spaces at home.  I still love the direction everything is headed with warm neutrals and varying shades of white.  I was walking around one day taking notes of the little changes I wanted to make when I saw my favorite screen door propped on one of the walls in the living room.  I thought I would be able to make a cabinet out of it and use it in the entry.  But once I started taking measurements I realized it was going to be way too big.

I searched online for inspiration and found these plans.  Around the same time, I got the opportunity (thank you Sydney and Weatherwood Stains) to participate in a product review for a stain that gave raw wood the appearance of reclaimed wood.  I called my bestie, S to help me build the cabinet and she agreed to give it a go.

I won’t go into specifics since there are already plans to follow.  We made a few modifications given we weren’t going to use the cabinet for a coffee bar.  I wanted to make sure it could be used in any room no matter if I decided to use the cabinet one month for an ironstone display and the following month to hold fabric.  Here is a collage of our experience before we started staining:

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Once we had the base of the cabinet completed, we sanded the entire piece down using 80-grit sandpaper and an orbital sander.  The wood we chose is raw pine.  It’s free of conditioners and has not been pretreated. What makes this stain product unique is the weathered color will change depending on what kind of wood you choose to use.

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Using a staining brush, I started applying the stain to the planked top first.  The stain has an odor but I didn’t find it overwhelming.

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The water based stain is almost transparent so you really have to pay attention to which portion of the wood that’s been saturated.

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Within minutes, this is how the stain looked on the planked top.  Four different shades all raw pine.

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This is one of the cool wood knots we saved for the bottom portion of the cabinet.  The stain does give the wood a weathered appearance as promised.

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But it was my experience you really have to saturate the wood and even then you may not get a consistent finish.  I applied multiple coats of stain throughout the day.  I decided to let the stain cure overnight and woke to this shade of stain the next morning.

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It still wasn’t as dark and weathered as I had envisioned. I applied the stain one last time and let it dry in the sun while we built the cabinet doors, affixed the hardware, trim and added bead board to the back of the cabinet.

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The 4 different shades of stain on the planked top never changed color even after multiple applications. For this reason alone, I decided to paint the planked top with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.  After a little distressing, look how beautiful it turned out.

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Once I painted the top white, I decided to balance it out by adding white wax to the door trim. The rest of the cabinet was sealed with soft furniture wax. I’m so happy with the results now.

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This cabinet is so utilitarian there are a few places it could go in the house.  Right now I’m trying it out by the kitchen table.

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But there’s a chance it could wind up in the entry or even my office.

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Disclosure: I was given a can of Reclamation Stain by Weatherwood Stains, LLC in exchange for an honest review.  All experiences, ideas, opinions and photographs are my own. My disclosure policy can be found here.

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Many blessings,



    • says

      You’re so sweet, Amy, thank you! There were a few moments I was worried we weren’t going to be able to pull it off but I’m so glad we stuck with it 🙂 Hugs for a happy day, Coco

  1. says

    So impressive. I could never build a cabinet like this….I am doing good to just repair furniture….Your Ironstone looks pretty displayed in your new cabinet. Love the white accents you added to the cabinet, nice finishing touch. Have a great Wednesday.

    • says

      I really appreciate it, bonbon, thank you so much! This was the first time building something like this. We hit a few bumps but in the end I think it gave us enough confidence to try something like this again 🙂 Hope your day is a happy one, Coco

    • says

      Thank you, Lisa! We’ve never built a cabinet with doors before so I was a little worried about them at first. We just stuck with it though and I’m really excited about the way everything turned out. Thanks so much for your sweet words. Hugs, Coco

  2. says

    I love your cabinet. I’m so glad to see this review. I love the weathered wood look and to know there are some products out there…even thought it’s not perfect. You’re cabinet looks perfect in the end! Your building and painting skills are amazing 🙂 Going to check out the other projects!

    • says

      I’m so glad you like it, Angie! This stain definitely stretches the creative muscle which is challenging in a good way. In the end I’m really excited about the way it turned out. I think I’ll be able to use it in almost any space. Hugs, Coco

    • says

      I really appreciate your kind words, Jamie, thank you. You’re so right, it’s hard to know if a stain will turn out like you envision. This one definitely took a little coaxing but it was worth all of the effort in the end. I want to be able to enjoy it for years to come. Hope your day is a happy one, CoCo

    • says

      Thank you, Bobbi! This was one of the first pieces we built I wasn’t sure if it was going to come out out now but I couldn’t be more excited about it now. I swear everything is going to take an afternoon and 3 days later – we’re making progress 🙂 Hugs, Coco

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    Coco! I’m not worthy, I’m not worthy! Girl you have got some serious talents. I am so impressed! I know pine can be difficult to work with, that’s because it has the least tannin of any wood and the stain reacts to wood tannins. Thanks for staying with it, because your end project looks dynamite!


    • says

      Becca, this means so much to me thank you! I swore of all of the woods I meant the pine was not going to lick me – tiger oak, maybe 🙂 I really appreciate you letting us work with this stain. I am over the moon at how well everything turned out. Hope your week has been awesome, CoCo

    • says

      Suzanne, you are too good to me! Thank you so much! I’m just getting back into the swing of things after spending a long weekend with my family and then having my parents stay with me all last week. It was tons of fun but my mom is a decorating tornado 🙂 Popping over to catch up on all of your fantastic posts. Hugs and thank you again, Coco

    • says

      Thank you, Robin! I felt like we were getting into the reeds a few times but I’m so glad we stuck with it. Thanks so much for all of your kind words! Hugs, CoCo