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Love the look of weathered oak beams, however don’t have an arm and a leg to spend? At present, I’m sharing the right way to make a less expensive different (pine) appear like oak in only a few easy steps.
Years and years in the past, my husband and I constructed a wooden beam mantel for our dated, brick fire. (You possibly can learn that tutorial right here).
Requiring lower than two hours of our time and solely about $40 (pre- inflation period), we had been capable of make low cost pine board appear like reclaimed wooden.
To provide some perspective, here’s what our fire regarded like after we moved in…
As famous within the photograph above, you’ll be able to see that presently, our flooring was totally different. Because of this, I had initially went with a darker stain for the wooden mantel.
Nevertheless, as soon as we put in our engineered oak flooring final summer time, our darker mantel started to drive me loopy…
Nothing incorrect with darkish walnut, however the brighter, weathered oak is just extra my vibe.
Whereas the look of true reclaimed oak beams make my coronary heart skip a beat, given we don’t plan on staying right here for much longer, I merely refuse to make such an funding. And so…
I begrudgingly lived with the walnut stain till I might now not effing take it!
And guess what? …
This Labor Day weekend was lastly my breaking level, associates!
Given the mantel was such an inexpensive and easy challenge to finish, we determined to only rebuild the mantel in the identical style (and the identical materials), however stain the budget-friendly pine to appear like oak (as an alternative of walnut).
After a lot experimentation with the stain (I used to be certain to observe on take a look at boards utilizing varied combos of stains), I’m fairly glad with how this explicit oak stain combo turned out..
So let me present you ways I stained the pine boards to appear like oak.
If you want to see the right way to really construct a fake beam out of pine, you should definitely click on right here for that separate tutorial.
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How To Stain Pine to Look Like Oak:
Fake Oak Beams Materials Wanted:
- pine board (you should definitely have some scrap items for testing)
- pre-stain wooden conditioner (I used this one)
- foam paint brushes
- Particular Walnut Stain (click on right here for the precise stain I used)
- Weathered Oak Stain (non-obligatory)
- a pattern of sunshine gray paint ( I used SW Argos)
- mixing cup
(Step 1). Frivolously sand your pine board and wipe off any mud. Additionally, if you want to misery your boards, now can be the time to take action. I made a decision to not f**okay with it.
(Step 2). Apply pre-stain wooden conditioner on boards and permit to dry for no less than 20 minutes. The pre-stain prevents the stain from wanting blotchy, so I might not skip this step!
(Step 3). As soon as wooden conditioner has dried, utilizing your foam brush and a really gentle contact, apply Particular Walnut stain. Then, shortly come again via along with your rag and wipe off the stain. Word: So that you simply don’t get too darkish of a end, you should definitely work in small sections. Work quick and solely apply a really gentle coat.
(Step 4 non-obligatory). As documented within the photograph above, the left board is totally untouched pine whereas the suitable board has been conditioned after which solely handled with one gentle coat of Particular Walnut Stain. In case you need just a little extra depth/dimension to your colour, now you can apply a extra beneficiant coat of Weathered Oak stain. Whereas that is the strategy I used for my DIY lavatory vainness (which was constructed from polished plywood), I’m not actually certain it made a lot of a distinction on this explicit pine board challenge. Nonetheless, I already owned the stain so I utilized it anyway.
(Step 5). Now to use the gray wash combination. For the combination, I used one half gentle gray paint (I used what I had in my storage which was SW Argos, however any gentle gray paint will do) and three components water. I generously utilized the gray wash with a foam brush after which shortly rubbed it in with a rag. As with how I utilized the wooden stain, I like to recommend doing this in small sections in order that the gray wash doesn’t dry earlier than you’ll be able to wipe it evenly into the wooden.
If you wish to apply a high coat, you are able to do so as soon as the gray wash has dried.
As for now, I omitted this step, however I’ll selected to use some poly later. Simply needless to say some high coats might change the colour of your wooden, so it’s possible you’ll need to take a look at whichever wooden protectant you go along with in an not easily seen space.
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Talking of testing, I might observe this system on some scrap boards earlier than ever starting your challenge.
I’ve discovered the arduous manner that there really is an artwork to staining uncooked wooden and outcomes can range dramatically.
In truth, I do know it most likely sounds counterintuitive to make use of a walnut stain for an oak look, however earlier than deciding on this components, I had really tried a number of different stains (together with simply the Weathered Oak stain).
By way of experimentation, I discovered that the oak stains alone weren’t tinted sufficient to actually neutralize the yellow/orange tint of the pine board (all of it nonetheless jogged my memory of a rattling log cabin).
Primarily, the entire different stain combos I experimented with simply regarded like white-washed pine.
Refusing to surrender, I’m glad I lastly discovered the profitable combination.
I like how my new”oak beam” mantel modernizes my lounge.
Not solely that, but it surely feels a lot brisker and airier now!
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