Many of you have asked how I achieved the look for the new side table in the Mom Cave, and today I’m going to show you just how I got it! I wanted a decent sized table for the space, because honestly I need room for more than just a coffee cup, ha ha! I don’t like to feel crowded, and also having a spot I could sit at with my laptop if need be was on the wish list as well. I did lots of searching for the perfect sized table, and at the right price. I love the “weathered wood” look, but sometimes that can get pricey. So I focused my attention on finding on unfinished side table that I could stain myself. I’ve mixed stains before, layered stains, tried the “diy” stain, the only problem I have with those methods is consistency. It’s never guaranteed that your finished look will be like the one you did before. Especially understanding that different types of wood soak in stain differently, and even though you are using the same exact method you get a completely different outcome.Here’s what the table top looked like out of the boxing. It’s an unfinished table, and not I did not sand the table before I started. LOL, blame it on laziness I guess!
I worked with Weatherwood Stains on this project. I was so in love with their product, they sent me some stain to try out for myself. They were super helpful in helping me choose which stain was right for my project. They have different variations of weathered stain, keeping in mind not all wood is created equal. So if you are considering it I would definitely chat with one of their representatives. I would have ended up picking the wrong stain if I hadn’t.
Since I was working with unfinished pine, they sent me their Pining Reactive Stain. This is also great for pine lumber freshly bought from the store, which we use for a lot of our projects as well.
I started applying the stain to the table, and below you can see what it looks like going on wet. At first I was nervous, but I remembered watching some of the videos Weatherwood had shared on Instagram of the drying process, so I waited patiently 🙂
I stained the entire table before assembling. Like I mentioned before, I didn’t sand any of it, and the stain had no problem soaking in.
Below you can see the table top as the stain dries. I wanted to give you some examples in case you try it and get worried. When it dries it starts looking uneven, but I promise you once it’s complete it’s a nice even finish.
Once the table was done trying, I quickly put it together and brought it up to the space.
You can see once it’s fully dried it has the perfect weathered finish to it. The stain dries nice and evenly so the piece feels like it has aged over time, but is actually brand new.
And below you can see the table from my most recent post of the Mom Cave with subtle touches ready for spring!
You can see some other staining project I’ve done in the past where I’ve layered different types of stain to achieve a similar look below. However I am so excited to have a one step process that is consistent with it’s outcome!
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