I really love the look of weathered and aged wood but it’s not easy to find.  If you do find it it can be expensive and, to be totally honest, paint chipping off of something gives me the heebee-jeebees.  I’m always leery that a chip (containing lead of course) is going to fall off and be ingested or is going to become airborne and I’m going to breathe it in…..it is such a treat to be me and think these things. 😉

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*I received product from Amy Howard at Home but the opinion and results I share are my own, as always.  

If you like the look of weathered and aged wood, too, there is a really easy way to get the look.  No sanding is required (yay, I hate dust) and no steel wool (yay, I hate getting little steel wool residue in my finger tips).

How to Get the Look of Weathered and Aged Wood (the EASY way!)

How To Get the Look of Weathered and Aged Wood - Pallet Wood Faux Fireplace at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com

How To Get the Look of Weathered and Aged Wood - Pallet Wood Faux Fireplace at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com

How To Get the Look of Weathered and Aged Wood - Pallet Wood Faux Fireplace at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Products used:

Vintage Wood Mercantile – Better With Age

Venetian Plaster 

Pallet Wall in a Box

Putty Knife

Paint Brush and Sponge Brush

First, lay out the wood you want to age on a flat surface.

How To Get the Look of Weathered and Aged Wood - Pallet Wood Faux Fireplace at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.comShake and stir the Better With Age and apply to wood. How To Get the Look of Weathered and Aged Wood - Pallet Wood Faux Fireplace at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com I used the wood from the Pallet Wall in a Box (kiln dried red oak) and it drank it in. How To Get the Look of Weathered and Aged Wood - Pallet Wood Faux Fireplace at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.comThe Better With Age is very liquidy (the consistency of water) and will seem to be very dark, almost black in appearance on the wood.

Let the wood sit for about 10 to 15 minutes (do NOT let it dry) and then proceed with the Venetian Plaster.

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Mix the plaster according to the directions on the bag.How To Get the Look of Weathered and Aged Wood - Pallet Wood Faux Fireplace at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.comApply to the wood generously.

How To Get the Look of Weathered and Aged Wood - Pallet Wood Faux Fireplace at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.comWhile plaster is still wet use a putty knife to remove it using a bit of force (not TOO much) to push the plaster into the grain of the wood.

*Tip:  I used a paper plate to catch the plaster as it was coming off the edge of the wood.  This will be messy but if you use something to catch the plaster it’s not so bad.  Also, wipe off the edge of the putty knife as needed to keep things running smoothly.

*Tip:  As it dries the treated wood will lighten up a bit.How To Get the Look of Weathered and Aged Wood - Pallet Wood Faux Fireplace at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com

The end result is beautiful, aged wood.How To Get the Look of Weathered and Aged Wood - Pallet Wood Faux Fireplace at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com

I used my weathered and aged wood to make a faux fireplace.  I have ALWAYS wanted a house with a fireplace (or 2 or 3) but my current home doesn’t have one so the next best thing is a faux fireplace.How To Get the Look of Weathered and Aged Wood - Pallet Wood Faux Fireplace at www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com

I took a small pantry that I’ve had in my kitchen for years, deconstructed it and used it as the base for my new “fireplace”.  I’ll have a full tutorial detailing the process in an upcoming blog post so stay tuned!

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It all came together and is just the farmhouse look I wanted.

If you like this, you may also like my other pallet projects:

Farmhouse style DIY pallet wood memo board. www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Pallet Wood Memo Board

DIY Pallet Frame made from salvaged pallet wood at cupcakesandcrinoline.com #pallet #frame #diy #rustic

Pallet Frame

How to take apart a pallet easily for usable DIY wood. cupcakesandcrinoline.com #pallets #RockwellVersaCut #Rockler AD

 How To Take Apart a Pallet Easily

Thanks so much for stopping by and if you try the Amy Howard Better With Age (or any of the other products I mentioned) I’d love to hear about and see pictures or your projects.

Hugs