This reclaimed wood-look is all the rage. Where can you go these days and not find it represented. The other day while shopping for a new cell phone case I found one with a layer of wood on the back. The name of the color . . . “Reclaimed”! I too have a love affair with the cozy, inviting, textured, casual feel of old barn wood. Just the fact that the wood has history and we have found so many ways to give it purpose again makes me happy.
Anyway, I decided to jump on in to the fabulous reclaimed wood world. Never mind the fact that I have no reclaimed wood, nor do I have any idea where to get any. I grabbed my paint and went for it with very little thought or planning and kind of accidentally achieved a really cool look for my kitchen table.
See For Yourself
Here’s the original table with both leaves in so I could paint it all at once. You can see the damage from over the years.
This picture shows the pedestal base that I love and some more stains and damage on top.
Here I Am Going For It
I really had no plan. I used my homemade chalk paint (click here for the recipe), but watered it down by dabbing the paint brush in a small amount of water after each dip in the paint.
At first I wasn’t sure if I would just paint the top and leave the bottom natural, but kept experimenting.
This is the result after sanding over the first coat of watery white chalk paint. This wasn’t enough color or texture for me.
I decided to paint another coat of white, this time I used a messier technique.
At this point I was starting to achieve a Reclaimed Wood-Look
It was also at this time that I made a cool discovery. When using this kind of paint you can be really creative with it. The paint dries quickly and once it does, you can remove as much as you like by using a wet paint brush. I wish I had gotten pictures of me during this process, but I was too engrossed in what I was doing to realize the genius I was witnessing. Ha! Using the same paint brush, just mostly rinsed out, get it wet/damp with water and drag it over the piece in the direction of the grain and it takes off paint. How much paint depends on how wet the brush is and how many times you go over it. You will need to experiment with it, but that’s the really fun part!
After seeing the way the tabletop was turning out, I decided to do the whole table. Then I realized that I wanted to add a little more color. I took the grey I had used on my kitchen cabinets and did a dry-brush technique over the whole thing. You can see some of it in the pic above and others below.
Here’s the whole table after the grey and a coat of wax. I ended up doing two coats of wax. (click here for more about the wax)
When doing this type of paint and technique on a piece of furniture that is frequently used like our kitchen table is, it is wise to wait 30 days before getting it wet or spilling food on it. The wax needs time to cure. (Update!) I decided to add a coat of Mod Podge Hard Coat. I’m waiting 4 weeks before allowing regular use. You can also just embrace the worn look and any changes that happen to it along the way. Here are a few more picks of my version of a DIY reclaimed wood-look.
I love how the paint gathers in the wood grain and the ability to leave more paint where I want it. The whole thing was really fun!
Thanks for taking a look! I’d love to hear about your favorite paint techniques!