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Four Steps to Age New Pine

My new favorite item is the skinny chalkboard.  A couple of weeks ago I made a
Skinny Chalkboard, and featured it on this post.  I used a light stain on it,
but I was not completely satisfied with the color.
I wanted the frame to match my antique pine furniture,
so I had to make it look a bit old.  In my local hardware store they did not have
the stain I was looking for.  I decided to use a mix of colors to achieve the shade
I wanted for my frame.

There are several methods that you can use to get an aged wood look,
but that depends on what you are aiming for. I knew what I wanted and I went for it.

In order to remove the previous stain, I had the frame sanded.
After the frame had been sanded, I cleaned up any dust left behind.
The pine was back to it's original bare state.  To achieve the old look I
wanted, I did the following four steps:

Step 1. I used a pre-stain to condition the wood.  This helps prevent blotching. Follow instructions on the can.

Step 2. I used a driftwood stain next.  The driftwood stain is almost grey in color, so I rubbed it thin on the frame and wiped the excess off.

Step 3. Next, I gave it a semi-thick coat of the golden oak stain and let it dry completely.

Step 4. When the stain was completely dry, I rubbed on a dark wax. I waxed it on and waxed off excess wax leaving the wood looking darker and aged.

I love the new color on the frame, it matches the furniture perfectly.
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  1. I'ma new follower here, I'm so glad I found your page. Your chalkboard looks great! I love gardening, cooking, baking and crafts. I've been wanting to start posting more about home and crafts but my blog has been primarily about gardening and cooking. I look forward to reading your posts and getting inspired. Have a nice weekend! :)

  2. I love it! I just might use this technique on a dining table I've been wanting to refinish - I love the way this looks!


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