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:
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.
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.
The water based stain is almost transparent so you really have to pay attention to which portion of the wood that’s been saturated.
Within minutes, this is how the stain looked on the planked top. Four different shades all raw pine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
But there’s a chance it could wind up in the entry or even my office.
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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