Faux Barnwood with Secret Ingredients

Create the look of aged, weathered barnwood with this simple technique that starts with two common household items.

Want to create the look of barnwood? The tools are in your kitchen and your garage! Tear up the steel wool. Put it in a jar with vinegar. Let it sit for up to two days. If the vinegar turns red and rusty, you won't get the gray finish. Strain the vinegar into another container. Be sure to get out all of the steel wool. Sand and wipe down your wood piece. If you want an extra-distressed look, use a hammer or screwdriver to add random dents and scratches. Paint the vinegar stain onto the wood and let it dry. The stain will gray over time. The finished stain depends on the wood you're applying it to. Next, paint the wood with gray paint. Use a dry brush or sponge technique to give it a finish that's uneven, like the weathered look of real barnwood. Let the paint dry for 24 hours. If you want, you can wax the wood to soften the finish. Apply the wax in small sections, then wipe away with a paper towel.

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