February 24, 2016


The use of reclaimed wood in decorative projects has become one of the hottest trends over the last year. But for consumers, good quality reclaimed lumber isn’t always easy to source, or is cost-prohibitive. Luckily, there are several products available on the market that can help DIYers create a weathered vintage wood look using new lumber.

One easy-to-use product is Pioneer Wood Patina, a NRHA Retailers’ Choice Award recipient at the 2015 National Hardware Show®. The patina powder only needs to be mixed with water and it’s ready to apply to any bare wood surface to give it that weathered look. (www.pioneer-wood.com)

Stains are also a great way for consumers to get that weathered wood look without the reclaimed wood price. One-step or multi-step products can achieve any variation of patina a consumer may want. A well-trained paint staff can easily direct customers to products that will work best for their particular projects. Some of the specialty stains to consider are:

  • Olympic Semi-Transparent Stains—Weathered Barnboard #917 (www.olympic.com)
  • Varathane Premium Wood Stain in Weathered Gray (www.rustoleum.com)
  • Minwax Stains—combine different colors to achieve the perfect look, such as Classic Grey with Red Mahogony, as seen on the Minwax website’s DIY inspiration page at www.minwax.com.

Retailers mayalso suggest tools to help achieve an authentic reclaimed wood feel, such as rasps, chain, chisels, and other items to give wood that well-used appeal, in addition to brushes, gloves, and tarps necessary for project completion.

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