It's true, you can get three years of a weathered wood look in 24-36 hours. There's a secret method for turning fresh, new wood into gray-ish, weathered looking planks, and it's "green" to boot. I learned about it 10 minutes ago and am flabbergasted!
Over at The Little Red House I saw how they hacked a horrifically generic Target table into a rich, rustic looking farmhouse table. The biggest hurdle: turning new planks of wood into authentically old-looking planks to attach to the table base. Besides the physical beating, a nifty little stain concoction did "its thing" on the new wood. You know how old, weathered wood looks gray and dry? Here' show to get that look.
1.Soak steel wool in vinegar for 24-36 hours. The resulting liquid gives you the old farmhouse table stain color.
2. Dab a rag in the liquid and rub it all over the planks and your sanded down table base. Let it soak in for a few hours and then seal it. The sealer darkens the gray look, but most kitchen tables need to be sealed.
3. Now attach the planks to your table base, from underneath.
Click on over to The Little Red House to see the entire process.