Did you know that you can change the look of orange toned wood without having to strip or sand it in just 3 simple steps?!
Hey sweet friends!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 This post about making orange toned wood look weathered is a little outside my comfort zone, and let me explain why.
If you follow me on Instagram and you watch my stories, you know that I recently gave a giant chalkboard I picked up thrifting a little makeover. I took you all along as painted the black portion green and refinished the once orange toned wood frame. (It’s all saved in my story highlights if you’d like to go check it out!)
The project was honestly SO spur of the moment that I never stopped to think, “Wow, this would make a great blog post.” I wish I had taken the time to get my nice camera out and set up my tripod for a video tutorial, but it just never happened, and I apologize. I hope to try this again soon though and record the whole process for you!
Instead, I’m sharing a few iPhone shots I took along the way which is why this is so out of my comfort zone. As much as it makes me cringe to share these photos on my blog (perfectionist over here), I have had so many followers message me about this on Instagram that I knew I had to post them and share the process.
This orange wood toned project was seriously so easy! No stripping, no sanding. Just 3 simple steps! Let’s get started.
How to Make Orange Toned Wood look Weathered – Step 1
First, I dry brushed the orange toned wood frame with white paint. Chalk paint would probably be ideal, but I just used white ceiling paint. If you aren’t familiar with dry brushing, you simply dip the very tip of your brush in paint and dab off any excess, then apply over your surface.
For this project, I just used a small artist brush, pictured below. Any smaller brush will work for this step, but make sure you aren’t using too much paint, it is just a dry brushing over the surface. I liked the smaller brush for this step to avoid getting any paint on the chalkboard surface. The smaller brush was easier to work with.
In the photo above near the left hand side, you can see where I began dry brushing. Be sure your wood grain is still visible. If you can no longer see the wood, you’ve used too much paint. You really want just a thin layer of paint.
How to Make Orange Toned Wood look Weathered – Step 2
Next, I used a chalk paint by Waverly in the color “Mineral” and dry brushed the frame once more. This time I specifically looked for areas with heavy orange tones bleeding through, and focused on brushing those spots especially. I let the paint dry completely before moving on to the last step.
Here are the two colors side by side. For such a large chalkboard, you can see that I really didn’t use a lot of paint which is why this process is seriously so easy! A little paint and a brush can change a cheap thrift store find or a gorgeous antique find with the wrong shade of wood into something so so beautiful and perfect for your home!
How to Make Orange Toned Wood look Weathered – Step 3
Finally, I painted the entire orange toned wood frame with Annie Sloan Dark Wax. You’ll have to check out her site to find suppliers near you, but this stuff is seriously amazing. It’s like working with butter! I used a larger paint brush for this process and dipped the tip of my brush in the wax and worked it into the frame. You can go heavy or light with the wax depending on the shade you want to achieve.
And that’s it! Can you believe how easy that was?! You can immediately see the difference once you apply the wax and it is so easy to decide how many layers you want to use. You really can’t mess this up either, because you can wipe it clean if you decide you used too much before anything dries! Look at the difference in the wood in the picture below…
In the following shot, I had just finished the left side of the frame. Compare that to the top and bottom! Such an enormous difference that really transforms this piece!
I wanted to share just one more before just to remind you how this orange toned wood looked…
And after! A beautifully weathered wood frame look! I am so happy with how simple and fast this process is!
Crazy, right?! I am so in love with the way this chalkboard turned out. I can’t wait to share the final look with you guys, all styled and hung on the wall!
So next time you go antiquing or thrifting don’t let the shade of wood scare you! Whether it’s orange toned wood, or any other shade you aren’t a fan of, remember you can refinish it and create the perfect piece for your home! You can follow this other tutorial for a raw wood look too! But if you simply want to make the orange toned wood look weathered follow these three simple steps:
- Dry brush orange toned wood with white paint
- Dry brush once more with chalk paint
- Paint wood with wax
Thanks so much for stopping by today and visiting my little blog! Do you have any questions about this tutorial on making orange toned wood look weathered? If so leave them in the comments below! I would also love to hear if you try this project yourself! 🙂