Grey Wash Wood Finish

Welcome to day two of Barn Door Week at AKA Design! Yesterday we gave you a materials list for the whole barn door project and today we will show you how to get the aged grey wash wood finish  - no matter what type of wood you use!

GREY WASH WOOD FINISH

To get the look of old barn wood – without the high price tag – I gave pallet wood a grey wash wood finish for our DIY Barn Door. Here’s how I got that great aged look…

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Materials:

  • 2″ x 6″ x 48″ long wood qty=15
  • Minwax Dark Walnut stain
  • light grey latex paint
  • water
  • sandpaper
  • foam brush
  • lint free rag

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.

staining wood

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 mixed into Sherwin Williams paint. Honestly I just had it mixed 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. Repeat on all sides for each piece. Let dry.

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

Click on the links below to be taken to each step to build your own DIY Barn Door and DIY Barn Door Track That Won’t Break the Bank!

  1. Instructions for Grey Wash Wood Finish (YOU ARE HERE!)
  2. Pipe Fitting Handle Instructions 
  3. Sliding Barn Door Plans 

Or click here for our original Upcycled Barn Door Reveal.

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