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Grey Wash Wood Finish – How to Get the Grey Distressed Look on Your Own Furniture

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Easy DIY grey wash finish. Get the look of old barn boards or refinish your furniture using this grey wash finish tutorial.


The look of aged barn wood. Grey. Rustic. Perfectly imperfect. Restoration Hardware’s got it. Pottery Barn’s got it. But what if you don’t want to pay the high price tag to get it in your own home? What then? You DIY your own grey wash wood finish, of course!

Awesome tutorial - with easy to find supplies! I'm using this on my next DIY project.

With a little trial and error I’ve found a great way to get this look on any type of wood – old scrap wood, pallets found at the side of the road and even on brand new wood from the nearest Home Depot!

I used this method to give the pallet wood we used on our DIY Barn Door its gorgeous dark grey wash.

UPCYCLED BARN DOOR no title

It’s also the finish on our DIY Brickmaker’s Coffee Table.

BRICKMAKERS TABLE LIVING ROOM

Here’s how you can get the grey wash wood finish on projects in your own home. 

How to Get the Grey Distressed Look on Your Own Furniture

Materials

Tools

Instructions

  1. Sand each piece of wood. Get rid of any rough patches but keep any character marks like knots, stamps and such. These look really amazing after this finish.
  2. Using a foam brush apply Dark Walnut stain going with the grain to wood in a well-ventilated area. Let sit for 5 minutes. Wipe off excess stain with a lint free cloth or rag. Repeat on all sides for each piece. Let dry.
  3. Mix a small amount of light grey latex paint and water into a plastic cup. This will be a light grey-wash. I used a mixture of about 1 part paint to 4 parts water, using CIL Stratosphere (the color) color matched into Sherwin Williams paint (at the store). Honestly I just had them mix it into one of their “lower quality” sample pots, but I found it worked just fine. Using a foam brush apply to each piece of wood over dry stain. This will lighten the wood and give it an aged appearance.
  4. Repeat on all sides for each piece. Let dry.

Grey Wash Wood Finish - How to Get the Grey Distressed Look on Your Own Furniture

Grey Wash Wood Finish - How to Get the Grey Distressed Look on Your Own Furniture

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Easy DIY grey wash finish. Get the look of old barn boards or refinish your furniture using this grey wash finish tutorial.

Materials

Instructions

  1. Sand each piece of wood. Get rid of any rough patches but keep any character marks like knots, stamps and such. These look really amazing after this finish.
  2. Using a foam brush apply Dark Walnut stain going with the grain to wood in a well-ventilated area. Let sit for 5 minutes. Wipe off excess stain with a lint free cloth or rag. Repeat on all sides for each piece. Let dry.
  3.  Mix a small amount of light grey latex paint and water into a plastic cup. This will be a light grey-wash. I used a mixture of about 1 part paint to 4 parts water, using CIL Stratosphere (the color) color matched into Sherwin Williams paint (at the store). Honestly I just had them mix it into one of their “lower quality” sample pots, but I found it worked just fine. Using a foam brush apply to each piece of wood over dry stain. This will lighten the wood and give it an aged appearance.
  4. Repeat on all sides for each piece. Let dry.

 

Easy Grey Washed Wood

Now you should have gorgeous aged barn board looking wood – for your own barn door or another project!

P.S. You can click here for our original Upcycled Barn Door Reveal.

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