Weathered Look Wood Paneled Wall

Thank you for all of your kind words on my son’s new half bath. One of my favorite features is the planked wall behind the mirror. Today I’m going to show you how I achieved that look.

To start, of course you’ll need to have a planked wall. Although I didn’t take pictures of installing the planked wall in the bathroom, I did it the same way as the one in my son’s bedroom. You can read about it here.

Accent Wall at Me and My DIY

This is the part in my son’s bedroom where I got stuck, and a good part of the reason it’s taken me so long to finish it. Hubby and I were at a bit of an impasse. He wanted the wood left the way it was, but I had something else in mind, more like this look from the ever talented Ana White.

Ana White Whitewash Stained Finish

Going out on a limb, I decided to use the wall in the bathroom as a trial run, and see if I could convince him it was the right thing to do.

I loosely followed Ana’s method, but with a few modifications.

Here’s what you’ll need to get the same look:

  • Minwax Water Based Wood Stain Clear Tint Base, tinted to the color of your choice (I used American Walnut, like Ana did in the picture above)
  • Minwax Water Based White Wash Pickling Stain
  • Minwax Water Based Polycrylic Protective Finish or Paste Finishing Wax
  • good quality synthetic bristle brush
  • clean, lint free rags
  • gloves for protecting your hands
  • small paint brush (optional)

The really great thing about the products I used is that they all clean up with soap and water. All the same, you’ll want to be sure to tape your walls and put something down to protect the floors.

Unlike Ana, I didn’t use a wood conditioner. I tried it both ways on some wood scraps, and for this application, I didn’t feel it was needed. So you’ll start with the wood stain. Be sure you stir it really well, because the color tends to settle on the bottom of the can.

Minwax Water Based Wood Stain Clear Tint Base

Brush the stain on clean, raw wood. You’ll want to do one plank at a time, to avoid the stain sitting too long in any one place.

Be sure you’ve covered it really well, leaving no raw wood showing.

Without waiting, wipe the stain off with a clean, lint free rag.

Let the stain dry for at least 2 hours before going to the next step. If you have a big wall to do, you may find that the first planks are ready by the time you finish the rest of the wall.

Next, you’ll use the Minwax Water Based White Wash Pickling Stain.

Minwax Water Based Wood Stain White Wash Pickling

Like the dark stain, be sure to stir it really well before using it. I brushed it right on top of the stained wood, again, covering the whole plank.

Immediately, wipe it off with a clean rag, being sure that the whole piece is covered. On some of the longer planks, I started wiping it off before I was finished painting it on, because I didn’t want it sitting very long. This is basically a “wipe on, wipe off” thing, even more so than with the dark stain. Don’t worry if it’s not completely uniform in appearance at this point.

Next, to get a dry brush, dip your brush in the white wash, then dab it a couple of times on your rag to make sure it’s no longer wet. Using the dry brush, go back lightly over the top to add some grain.

Leave the grain as is, or use your rag again to lightly blend it in a little, like I did, depending on the look you want.

When I installed the plank wall, I rounded the edges of each plank by sanding them down a bit. To make the individual planks stand out even more, I took a small brush and went back over each edge with the dark stain.

Then I used a rag to blend it in well.

I finished the wall in the bathroom with a couple of layers of Minwax Finishing Paste Wax. It provides a wonderful hard, hand-rubbed lustre to any wood surface. The only drawback to using it on a project like this is the fact that the vapors are harmful and it should only be used in a well ventilated area. It’s perfect for finishing furniture outside, but not so perfect for a large bedroom wall.

Minwax Paste Finishing Wax

Instead, I’m going to use their Polycrylic Protective Finish. It doesn’t contain harmful vapors and won’t yellow, as long as you don’t apply it over oil-based stains. They recommend sanding between coats, but I’ll probably skip that step since I’m going for a weathered look anyway.

Minwax Water Based Polycrylic Protective Finish

So there you have it. A weathered look for a wood paneled wall, that goes well with a beachy theme, if I do say so myself. Oh, and Hubby? I’m happy to say he took one look at the wall and was sold. He should definitely learn to trust me a little more on these things, don’t you think? :)

Let me know if you give this a try. (hint: I love getting pictures of your projects!)

On another note, our oldest daughter has left again, and will be gone for the summer. I was hoping to get some pictures of the three pairs of pants we made her while she was here, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. She promised she would text pictures of her wearing them when she gets a chance. In the mean time, I’ll leave you with some pictures of a dress I made her last year for graduation. It’s a knockoff of ModCloth’s Truly Yours Strawberry dress.

I hope to get caught up with my favorite blogs now that the sewing bonanza is over. As always, thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

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