It has come to my attention that I have grey hair. Enough, in fact, that I have friends pointing it out to me.
And I know what you are thinking and yes, they are still my friends. I mean, really, if I got rid of all of my friends that told me the truth, I’d be looking like The Donald. He needs better friends.
Friends tell friends to dial down the spray tan.
Aging isn’t my favorite thing when it comes to crows feet and grey hair. But when it comes to wood, well, that’s a different matter.
While at Bloggercon (Haven), I was able to get my hands on some fun new products that have hit the shelves. One of which ages wood. And while a lot of you have old barns on your property that you can tear down and repurpose the wood for some fantastic wood wall or mirror frame or whatever, most of us don’t have that.
Never fear barnwood-look fans! You can now take brand spanking new wood and age it without too much work! Amy Howard at Home has a new line called Vintage Wood Mercantile and you simply paint on this product and wait. That’s it. Really.
It works with the tannins in the wood and turns them dark grey or dark brown, depending on the wood type. Some wood has more of the tannins and will turn almost black. For these types of wood, you can cut the product with water to weaken it if you want a lighter look.
I also learned about adding venetian plaster on top of the aged wood and can’t wait to try it on a larger scale (that’s the effect on the top piece of wood in the pic above…yum!)
A company called Crates and Pallets gave all Haven attendees a crate in our swag bag, so I thought it would be fun to see what happened if these two products got together. I’m a match maker at heart…
Well, the effect was less than I had hoped for, but still lovely in it’s own way. There were fewer tannins in this wood than in the pallet wood in the pics above, so the wood turned slightly darker, but not as dark as I had hoped.
After brushing on the aging product, I let it sit until it dried and then added a wide-mouth mason jar to hold pens and pencils.
See the difference? This wood barely turned a light brown while the wood samples that I painted earlier turned almost black. That is the magic of tannins. 😉
I didn’t seal this wood because it will be sitting by a desk and honestly, I want it to age a little more. Maybe if every thing around me looks older, I’ll look younger by contrast. #WishfulThinking
I hope to try this product on a shiplap wall very soon! What are some ways you can envision using aged wood? I’d love to hear from you!
I have used other Amy Howard at Home products in the past and loved them. Remember the Toscana Milk paint sconces? Or the spray lacquer bench? Or my favorites, the ombre dresser and the milk paint dresser. She has a complete line of painting/decorative finishes!