Guest post: How to make new wood look reclaimed

Hey all, this is Mike. I wanted to name this post “how to beat your wood with a nut sack” but J just told me that nobody will ever search that term. I just looked at her and said, wanna bet? They will probably search that exact term, and they will be very disappointed with this post!

So, I’m not a terribly handy guy. I would NEVER be able to be a finish carpenter or an artist, because I can’t, not tear stuff up. (Yup that’s a double negative, deal with it, grammar Nazi’s!) This is a short tutorial on what Jacqueline and I did with our entry wall and a light project over our dining room table. 

This is what we saw at Starbucks and I just knew I could do it.

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I also looked at this.

First thing, we don’t have a big house, so doing this project didn’t really cost all that much.  I looked for wood that I could mold into looking “reclaimed”.  Places like the ‘bucks can buy the whole barn, put it in a warehouse and send a little of it here and there when they build/remodel the stores. I gotta make my own.

We looked at several options and settled on this.

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These are soft wood door jams and the cost is about $6 each. They are glued and have a lot of character.  We put them in the spare BR because if I put them in the back yard, Bam would pee on them. It’s his yard and if he can’t eat it or screw it, it’s gonna get peed on. Just ask my BBQ.

We had to do a little prep work before we got started but it was fun. 1st I needed rusty screws to make it look old. At the beginning of the project I was going to rent a finishing nail gun and a compressor, but this saved so much more money. I think it added to the final look too. A couple of boxes of screws at about $14

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You will need this, $5 for the whole bottle. You wont even use 1/4.

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And this $2

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Put the screws in the acid 30-45 seconds

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Then into the peroxide 2-3 minutes. Caution, it gets real hot and there are fumes, so go outside and use rubber gloves, or don’t, whatever….

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Here is the finished product.

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Now, on to the nut sack-wood beating. Drop it all over the planks, to kinda scar them up all over.

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Then really tear it up with what ever you want. Whatever you do, you cant screw this part up at all. Here are a few pictures.

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Then have you unpaid help get to staining. She used the same stain for the entire project, but on some boards she brushed it with water first to do a lighter tone or just the stain for darker pieces. Again, you really can’t screw it up.

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And this is what you get. Notice the screws?

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Finished wall.

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Tomorrow, the Redneck Chandelier.


17 Comments on “Guest post: How to make new wood look reclaimed

    • Thank you!! And yes, now let’s hope Starbucks doesn’t do a design change now. That would totally be my luck. Shoot me an email, I’ve been wondering how you’ve been doing friend.

  1. That looks so good!! 🙂 Want to come over and re-do my kitchen?? 😉

    • Yes!! We do too. Funny story, I call Mike the hulk because he has a tendency to break almost everything he touches. Then he gets mad and says it was cheaply made lol.

  2. I don’t know if you wanna hear this cowboy, but great post. The wall is bangin’! You think about trying to take a torch to it and get some burn marks on it? You can take a hanger and/or any other metal and lay it on the wood and burn it to make ‘designs’…just like how you did on banging the screws to make the indents. And how you didn’t throw in some “that’s what she said” in this post took some major discipline…because “I saw some choice places to insert it into” (that’s what she said)…

  3. Great work and idea! I may have to get this a try myself. Also I love the impact with Mike writing. Great idea!

  4. It looks so SO good!! QUESTION! Is it flush with the base board? We have talked about doing this same thing, but we keep coming back to the baseboard. I also have thought about a beadboard roof!

    • It’s not flush, funny you say that because we didn’t even think about it. Besides the imperfect look is so in! What is a beadboard roof? I’m interested!

  5. Absolutely love it, great project to do together. If I didn’t live in a small studio apartment that I know I will be leaving as soon as my lease is up next year… I would do this.

  6. This looks really great! I’ve been wanting to use reclaimed wood in our house, but it’s so hard to find the real stuff. I have no idea where people even get it from. We might go this route when it’s time for redecorating soon.

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