I am in love with all of the vintage meets farmhouse furniture and decor thats oh-so-popular right now and wanted to share an easy way to achieve the look using one can of stain. This was one of those stumble-upon-by-accident tips, and it happens to be a very cost effective and simple method. My kinda project. It also comes down to one little movement- shaking.
To me, one of the great things about a vintage farmhouse piece is all of the details, and one of those great details is the multiple layers of finishes. There’s multiple ways to recreate these looks with paint, but my favorite is with stain.
To get the look, start with a painted piece of wood and sand down the edges. The more uneven the sanding job, the better!
To get the first lighter color of stain, open up your stain can of choice BEFORE you shake up the contents. I chose one of my favorites, Dark Walnut. Since I’m working with a small piece for this example, I used a q-tip (a great cheap throw away option) and dipped it on the top of the stain. I just ran my q-tip all over the sanded portion of the wood, and used a wet cloth to remove any of the stain that got on the paint.
Next, to get the darker edge, I closed up the can nice and tight, then sh-sh-sh-sh-sha-sh(oo)k-it (sorry I couldn’t help it) and then grabbed another q-tip. I used this color only on the very edge of the wood so that I didn’t cover up the first color completely, creating that two toned look.
It’s similar to a glazed look, but I like that it can be achieved so easily with one small can of stain and a couple of q-tips. The less DIY products I have stored in our apartment, the happier my guys is and the more space I have to decorate : )
I’ll be back later to share the project we made with these worn pieces (sorry about missing the post on Wednesday- but I’ll make it up with two- maybe three if all goes well- posts before next Wednesday!) and the laugh that we got out of the finished product!
What do you think about this method? What’s your favorite way to get that worn-vintage-farmhouse look?
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