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how to: faux grey barn wood

So in order to make our home more storage savvy we're constantly switching out our furniture for pieces that fit our needs better. Our (semi)latest project was buying 2 Ikea Rast dressers and "hacking" them to work with our space. Honestly, for a price of $35 per dresser you can't go wrong.

So to make them fit our home the plain pine (which is beautiful in it's own) needed to go. We both are in love with that worn rustic beauty of things and knew we wanted to bring that out in this wood. We got our hammers, screws and stain out and got to work.

Mission: Faux distressed barn wood
Duration: Varies on piece
Ninja Level: 1 (beginner)
Estimated Cost: $10-$30
Weapons Needed:
1) Distress your wood, pine works well for this project because it's a soft wood, because of this is dents and scratches easily. I started by taking a hammer to all the edges. I feel like often people look over the edges and just distress the front. That can work but my personal thought is that in doing that it doesn't look like it was pulled from a barn because of the crisp edges.

 Once you're done with all the edges move on to the faces of the drawers. I laid a few screws down and beat them with a hammer so they would imprint the wood. Another trick I used was using the other end of the hammer to make some dent marks.

Pro Tip: go crazy, the more the better to be honest. Just make sure to do light hammer swings so you don't split the wood in two... not that I did that at all....

2) Apply a good coat of water to your plain boards. I know this may sound odd however, I've found that doing this allows the stain to soak in differently which will create a weathered look.

3) Using the same rag, dip it in the bowl of water then in your stain (leave the grey stain for last). For now don't worry about getting into the grooves of where you distressed your wood.

4) Using a sponge brush dip it in the bowl of water then in the stain as you did with the rag and quickly fill in the wholes. Immediately take your rag and buff and blend out the stain adding more water to the rag if needed. Then let your stain dry.

5) Once the stain has dried it will be time to put on the grey stain coat. Take a rag, dip it in the bowl of water then in the grey stain and apply all over until you achieve the color you're looking for.

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