The Easiest Way to Make your own {Perfectly} Weathered Wood

Hello! Hello! Hello my friends!

As excited as I was to share yesterday’s post about our DIY Plank Wall, the truth of it is that it really wouldn’t have been nearly as wonderful if it wasn’t for that perfectly weathered finish!

Now, as promised, I’m sharing all of my aging secrets (Ha! Who ever thought that would be a good thing?!)! And boy, you’ll never believe how easy it was to do!

The Easiest Way to make your own {perfectly} Weathered Wood | making it in the mountains

At this very minute, we’re working feverishly to finish up those last few details in our son’s new Big Boy Bedroom as part of the One Room Challenge. As you may guess from the name, we’ve committed to completely transform one room in our home. The ‘challenge’ part really comes into play with our six week timeline. Yes, you read that right – just SIX weeks! If you’d like to catch up with things, you can check out our plans to create a rustic cabin-themed space here and a quick recap of our first five weeks here.

After more than a year of chasing the dream of a rustic plank wall, I really was so happy with how it FINALLY came together! Those wide tongue and groove pine planks gave that polished-rustic look I was going for, but it was still lacking the character and charm I had been picturing. There was no question in my mind that I needed to ‘weather’ that wood!

Much like my journey to find the perfect plank wall tutorial, I spent hours scouring the internet for the very best way to add age and character to new wood. From whitewashing, to steel wool and vinegar and even mixing various colours of stain, there was an overwhelming number of ways I might achieve the weathered look I was going for. And then I stumbled across this and instantly fell in love!

Rustic Pine Stain from Weatherwood Stains | making it in the mountains

I couldn’t believe such a product existed!

I wrote Weatherwood Stains right away telling them all about what I had been working on (including my super tight timeline) and gushing about how I thought their Reclamation Stain would be the perfect fit! To my surprise (and delight!), I heard back just a few hours later with a promise to get some sent out right away. I literally jumped off my chair with excitement! I’ve gotta say, they couldn’t have been any better to work with – they rushed the stain out so that it would be here with plenty of time to finish before our One Room Challenge deadline! It arrived in less than a week from my order date, which isn’t exactly easy when it has to travel across the border.

Weatherwood Stain | the {perfect} way to easily weather any wood

Just to make sure I was going to love it as much as I was thinking I might, I painted an extra length of board we had left over and let it sit (and ‘weather’) for a few hours. And, just as I had hoped, I fell in LOVE! It really brought out all of the beautiful colour variations and grain in the wood with the most perfectly weathered grey!

Yep, I was totally smitten!

I couldn’t wait to get to work staining the wall! As per the directions on the can, I brushed on a pretty liberal coat of the stain and left it to soak in. It’s important to note that you DO NOT need to wipe this stain off as you would with others, just let it sit and do it’s thing. It’s really that easy! The thing that really sets this stain apart is that it’s a reactive stain – meaning that there are no colours to choose from, the colour actually develops in the wood as it reacts with the natural wood tannins. It pulls out a lovely grayed, barn-wood sort of look within just minutes!

I tried to snap a picture of the process as the wood began to weather before my eyes…

One Room Challenge Week 5 | making it in the mountains

And here’s one comparing the newly weathered wood to a plain old pine board…

How to Weather Wood | making it in the mountains

Let me tell ya, a little went a long way with this stuff. I even had a fair amount left over that I’ve got some really fun plans for!

Honestly, the very best feature of this brilliant stain is that Weatherwood Stain is a green product and is 100% VOC FREE. That means that I can feel good about my little man sharing his room with it!

And now for some beauty shots without giving too much away (wouldn’t want to spoil our One Room Challenge Reveal!)…

The Easiest Way to Weather Wood | making it in the mountains

The Easiest Way to Weather Wood | making it in the mountains

The Easiest Way to Weather Wood | making it in the mountains

The Easiest Way to Weather Wood | making it in the mountains

The Easiest Way to Weather Wood | making it in the mountains

I really love the way it reacted with pine, pulling a subtle gray colour from the boards without loosing that sunny warmth of the wood. I think it pairs so perfectly with the new gray walls (read more about our wall colour in our room plans here)

The Easiest Way to Weather Wood | making it in the mountains

You’ll have to check back tonight for the full One Room Challenge Reveal, but for now I’ll leave you with one last sneak peek…

One Room Challenge Week 5 | making it in the mountains
*UPDATE: See this weathered wood stain at work in our One Room Challenge transformation of this Rustic Boy’s Bedroom we put together for our little man! You’re going to LOVE it!*

And don’t miss the other DIY projects we put together for this Rustic Boy Bedroom Makeover:


I couldn’t possibly be any happier with how this turned out! We’ve been dreaming of this weathered plank wall for so long and I’m still in awe that we were able to create exactly what we’d been looking for all this time! Honestly, it’s {perfect}!

Isn’t this stain absolutely BRILLIANT?! If you’d like to learn more about Weatherwood Stains, check out this short video that will tell you everything you need to know.

If you’re digging this weathered wood look, you’ll want to see how I put it to work on this DIY Blanket Ladder too!

Mother's Day Gift {DIY Blanket Ladder} | making it in the mountains

Wishing you all SUCH a lovely day!

Below, you can find links to all of the DIY projects made for this Rustic Boy’s Bedroom as well as a source list. I’ll be sure to update this list as new tutorials are posted:

*SUCH a huge thank you to Weatherwood Stains for sending me their fabulous Reclamation Stain to work with! My opinions about my experience using their wonderful product are 100% my own! For more information, please read my disclosure policy.

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35 thoughts on “The Easiest Way to Make your own {Perfectly} Weathered Wood

  1. VERY cool! I absolutely adore a product that does all the work for me. I will be keeping Weatherwood in mind for my future projects. And can I just tell you that the wall looks fabulous (what a labor of love), and that I am pumped to see the full room tomorrow!! xo

    1. Thank you SO much Bre! I’ll be sharing the full reveal tonight … so stay tuned my friend! And that stain is absolutely amazing! I’ve got some big plans for the leftovers!!!

  2. Well Kristi you had me at brush and let it do the work. Then you sealed the deal with No VOC’s. Up until now I’ve used the steel wool and apple cider vinegar method to age wood but after reading this I’m definitely checking out the Weatherwood Stain for future projects. Can’t wait for the big reveal!

  3. It looks fabulous, Kristi! Great to know about this stain! That plank wall looks amazing!

    1. Thanks Virginia! I’m totally head-over-heels in love with this stain and can’t wait to put it to work on a few other projects around the house now too!

  4. oh my gosh this looks so much easier than the whitewashing I did over the winter. Not fussy and laborious. Kill me now… I wish I had known!

  5. Very cool! And no wiping?!?! Gotta love that…I’m a fan of anything as easy as painting. Lol! I definitely need to go check out that stain. Your plank wall looks amazing , btw!

    1. I’m still amazed at how easy it was and now I’m just dying to try it out on some other types of wood to see how it reacts! Thanks so much Debbie!

  6. Love how this turned out! I just received a can of Weatherwood stain and I can’t wait to work with it! I kinda like that it’s a little unpredictable and you’re not 100% sure how it’ll react with the wood until you use it. It looks perfect in Carson’s room!

    1. How fun Amy!!! I’m dying to try it on a few other projects now just to see how it’ll look! Can’t wait to see what you’re working on girl!

  7. Thanks for the tip on this interesting stain. Just wanted to let you know, this is the first time I’ve visited your site, but the words in pink are hardly visible on my computer monitor screen!

  8. This looks great Kristi!! Love the final product!! I could definitely see myself working with a company like that to try out some weathered wood stains!

  9. How cool that weatherwood stains got back to you so quickly! I just adore how the plank wall turned out – the perfect amount of weathered!

    1. Right?! They were really great about rushing things along for my crazy timeline! LOVE how it turned out and I cannot wait to put it to work on a few other pieces now too!

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