Turning fence posts into faux reclaimed wood aka weathered wood.
If I were an antiquarian, I would have eyes only for old stuff, but I am a historian. Therefore, I love life. -Henri Pirenne
UPDATE: When I first wrote this post, I used the term reclaimed wood loosely. This is a tutorial on how to turn new wood, like on fence posts, into older looking (weathered) wood. Enjoy.
I truly love old stuff. Stuff that has meaning and history behind it. Items that are unique and rustic and interesting.
I love vintage picnic tins, and rolling pins, and old aprons.
Old books, soda crates, and jadeite dishware are my jam.
Sometimes old stuff can be easy to come by and then it becomes popular and that means $$$.
RECLAIMED WOOD OPTIONS
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We make no apologies for loving RECLAIMED WOOD! You can see 6 of our reclaimed wood projects HERE.
But obviously, at times it can get hard to come by.
What’s a Salvage Sister and a Mister to do?
We looked into a peel and stick method, which has great reviews, however, the price was not in our budget.
If the reclaimed wood doesn’t come to you, you go to the reclaimed wood aka you make it yourself.
FAUX RECLAIMED WOOD SUPPLIES
- At your local hardware shop, we purchased 1 x 6 cedar fence posts 5 ft long. Cost $1.74 each …BARGAIN ALERT!!!
- We found the Minwax stains we used with our partner Amazon… HERE and HERE, or use any colors that you like.
- Old t-shirt or rags
FAUX WOOD INSTRUCTIONS
- Let the wood dry out approx 24-48 hours.
- Stain the fence posts using an old rag or t-shirt, following instructions on can.. *Don’t forget to stain in a well-ventilated area.
- I alternated between applying the two stains with no real pattern as we wanted the wood to all be different. The stains were not mixed together. They were used independently.
FAUX RECLAIMED WOOD COST/INFORMATION
For just about $50 we have around 40 sq. ft. of DIY reclaimed wood.
- The stain was approx $8-10 a can.
- After approx. 20 boards- 3/4 can of the weathered oak and 1/4 classic gray was used. Only one side plus one end and bottom edge were stained since we will be doing a wall. You will use more stain if you need to do both sides on the wood for your project.
- It took about one to two hours to complete all the boards.
MORE “SALVAGED” PROJECTS
We try to make the most with what we have and hope you will be inspired in the process. Here are a few more projects we thin you will enjoy:
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