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Feb022015

weathered oak stain

A LONG while back, I made a farmhouse table for our kitchen and then spent an equally ridiculous amount of time mixing stains trying to find the perfect weathered gray for it.  I finally got the perfect mix and the table has been a beautiful addition to our kitchen ever since; it looks especially fabulous next to our white built-in hutch, but it's been without chairs this entire time because I couldn't make a decision on chairs to save my life! Well, right before Christmas, I ended up ordering four Madeleine chairs from Restoration Hardware in their "weathered" finish and when they arrived, I about had a heart attack from excitement when I realized they are pretty much an EXACT MATCH!!!  I posted a picture on Instagram a couple weeks back and got a TON of emails asking me for the combination, so I thought I'd post it here and kill two birds with one stone.

There are surprisingly quite a few stains on the market that claim to yield the same look I was going for, but I found that they were either way too gray (some almost paint-like) or way too light. Right about the time I built my table, Minwax came out with a new color, Weathered Oak.  It's beautiful, but it's pretty light, so I added a little Minwax Natural and Minwax Golden Oak to give it a little depth and some warmth.  The result was perfect! 

I absolutely LOVE how the table turned out and I love how the chairs look with it even more!

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Reader Comments (14)

Woooooow! So much depth, really lovely!

February 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Awesome - thank you for this! Your table looks amazing! I'm refinishing our dining table soon and always feel like the weathered stain are too blue. What proportions of each stain did you use?

February 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Thank you so much, Kate! It definitely turned out better than I had hoped!

February 2, 2015 | Registered CommenterKelly Stivers

Thank you, Erin! I would actually suggest doing it in coats instead of trying to mix them together. Three coats Weathered Oak, then one coat natural and one very light coat Golden Oak. You might even need a coat or two more of Weathered Oak, depending on the type of wood. Make sure you leave enough time in between to dry. Good luck and make sure you post pictures! Can't wait to see :)

February 2, 2015 | Registered CommenterKelly Stivers

I love the chairs you picked. Stunning!

February 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTeri Russell

Thank you, Teri! You made my morning!

February 2, 2015 | Registered CommenterKelly Stivers

Your table and chairs look great! I can't believe you made that table?! I'm new to your blog and will have to search your archives to read about that project! :) We found a great old parsons style farmhouse table years ago on Craigslist. It was raw pine, and while I loved it in its original state, I wanted to seal it to protect it against food stains. Unfortunately, the product I used (can't recall the brand but it was one that claimed not to have the chemicals of a standard retail brand like minwax) did not seal the table well at all, and now my precious table is covered in olive oil stains :( I dream of taking it outside and sanding it down and re-doing it all…any tips? have you been happy with how your stain choices have protected the wood?

February 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnne W

Hi Anne! That stinks about your table! The good thing with wood, though, is that if you sand it, re-staining and sealing is a breeze! While polyurethane is the most durable top coat choice, I always have a hard time with brush strokes! I used Wipe-On Poly in a satin finish with my table and used blue auto paper towels (in the paint aisle at Lowe's!) instead of a brush. It took about seven coats, but it was so worth it! Best of luck to you!

February 2, 2015 | Registered CommenterKelly Stivers

Kelly, your table came out so great! And, the Restoration Hardware chairs go perfectly. You really inspire me. I'm dying to find the time to work on a project like this. You have my wheels in motion (lol).

February 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJo Ann DiGiacinto

Thank you so much, Jo Ann! You're always so generous with your kind words!!

February 2, 2015 | Registered CommenterKelly Stivers

Hi, thanks for the great tip! I absolutely LOVE how your table turned out. I am staining a coffe table my husband built and when I first started to brush it on, it was so sheer but then my brush accidently fell all the way into the can and I felt color residue at the bottom, so I mixed and scraped with the brush and then the color came out so opaque! So then I had to re-stain the rest of my table with that. Just wondering if the coats you used came out a thick gray-blue when you did it. Because mine did. Just trying to find out wether or not I have to do 3 coats still.

March 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLooks fab!

Hi Silvia! I scraped everything up from the bottom of the can because, like you said, all the color falls to the bottom and if you don't mix, you can barely see a thing! I brushed a generous coat on, let it sit for ten minutes then wiped it back off with the grain of the wood. I found that wiping it back took some of the intensity of the color away, which was why I did another two coats. Hope this helps you! Good luck with your coffee table!

March 27, 2015 | Registered CommenterKelly Stivers

Hi, I was researching stains and saw your blog. I have several pieces of Acacia wood. Since it is expensive I have had several other pieces made from pine. Now I need to match them. I am wondering what type of wood your table was to start?

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

Carolyn-my table is made of white pine, so, the mix above should yield pretty much the same result for you!! Best of luck!

August 10, 2016 | Registered CommenterKelly Stivers

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