I love the look of aged-wood. However, when I was building my raised garden bed, I wanted to use new wood so that I would know what it had been treated with. I planned to leave it alone until I saw Sasha from Sweet Pickin’s Furniture speak at Snap. She held up a jar of gray liquid and said it was her most-pinned post, How-To Weather New Wood. All she used was vinegar and steel wool! I had to try it on my garden box.
Now, make sure to read her tutorial or what I am about to tell you won’t make sense. It’s only supposed to take about 24 hours for the steel wool to dissolve.
Above is a picture I took a few minutes after I sealed up the jar on Friday. It looked the exact same on Saturday. So I left it. Finally, on Tuesday it looked like this.
But I didn’t actually have time to do anything until Saturday when it looked like this.
I poured some into my plastic cup and applied it with a paint brush. Super simple and I’m thrilled with the grey color!
I’m going to use the stain next on an outdoor table made from pallets! Stay-tuned.