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Do you ever look at the unfinished wood items in the craft store. Do you try them out or pass by on the way to another aisle? I have always been the latter and never bothered trying out an unfinished wood project. Since Mike and I have been experimenting with furniture redos I got inspired by this wood Christmas tree. It was the perfect candidate to experiment with a new staining technique to give it a rustic look.
I started by staining the tree with Minwax stain in Jacobean. I used a rag to wipe it on. I was going to wipe it off but the wood sucked the stain right up. Once I went over all the parts that would be visible I let it dry for 20-30 minutes. It was pretty dark at this point and I knew I wanted to lighten it up.
Next I applied the Minwax stain in Classic Gray. I used a rag to apply and put it on pretty heavy then wiped off the excess after it started soaking in. After I went over the whole tree I put on another quick coat on the main tree. Then I let it dry for another 20-30 minutes. The difference is subtle and didn’t photograph that well but the gray started the give the wood a more aged look.
The last step was to apply the Minwax pickling stain. I applied this pretty heavy and really worked it in to achieve the look I wanted it. If there was excess I wiped it off. The pickling stain is basically a white wash stain so it lightened up the tree to the look I wanted. I let it dry before putting it on the mantle. Dry to the touch happened rather quickly but I wouldn’t put it on anything that could get ruined for at least 30 minutes.
I loved the aged look achieved by layering the stains. This was a great chance to experiment with the different colors. I have been learning that my favorite wood look requires several layers to give it lots of depth. The whole project took me under an hour but only about 10 minutes of actual hands on time. I want to check out more wood pieces to finish off now that I’ve learned how easy it it.
If you liked this post then check out some of my other rustic Christmas posts