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Theresa Becker's picture
Theresa Becker

Hello, I am looking for some advice.... I have 2 solid oak doors that I have been stripping the paint from.... I have built (myself!!) my home and have been decorating this modern space in shades of grey.  The oak doors will become  my headboard.  How do I paint/stain them so they look like grey weathered cedar?? There are still some chunks of old paint in the cracks, but I think it looks cool and will contribute to the "aged" look that I want... Any suggestions?? I'm not having any luck at my local store. Thank you for your help.Theresa

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lmurphy's picture

Me again. Spoke to Michael Penney and here's what he suggested -- not sure if it will work for you or if it's what you're looking for...

"...I would say you could experiment by mixing grey paint with lots of water and doing a light wash — brushing the watered down paint on to the wood and smoothening it out with a rag, OR you could check the Minwax section at a Home Depot for products for pickling or 'liming' which are white-wash techniques. But you might have to add some grey paint to the mixture to make it grey and not too white.  Experiment on the back of the doors in small test sections before applying the technique to the headboard side or front."

lmurphy's picture

Hi Theresa! Style editor Michael Penney is a big fan of that weathered wood look that you're describing. I'll ask him for advice and get back to you. In the meantime, you might appreciate his tips on creating a weather painted-wood effect, as well as a photo with a weather headboard. Will get back to you asap.


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