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Project by MadeinMT posted 425 days ago 761 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple years ago we purchased a new boxspring/mattress set that was much taller than our old set. The result was our nightstands were far too short and we had to add stacks of books to get our lamps and alarm clocks to a proper height where we could reach them.

So I built a pair of taller nightstands out of #2 pine. I finished them with a dark stain to make the pine look weathered. I then applied a coat of latex paint somewhat sparingly, and here and there over some glue to get a crackled look. I then strategically sanded some of the paint off to reveal the dark ‘weathered’ pine underneath. The result is an antique, battered look that my wife and I love. The nightstands are 18”W x 16”D x 36”H. Simple joinery in most cases although the doors are raised panel made with a table saw jig.

The hinges are ordinary zinc-plated hinges found in any hardware store. I soaked them in apple cider vinegar for a couple days which takes the plating right off and makes them appear ancient.

Speaking of weathered wood, here in Montana there are lots of farms and ranches around and its easy to find old barns, sheds, and corrals that have been abandoned for many, many years. I’ve been scouting around the countryside and have spotted a couple of promising sites. I plan to ask the landowners if I can help myself to some of the wood. After all, if I’m looking for a weathered look, why buy new pine and stain it when I can use the real McCoy?

-- Ron, Montana





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 425 days ago

Nicely done. You captured the rustic look very well.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 425 days ago

Shabby indeed. I don’t mean that in a bad way. It’s difficult to get an authentic look on new wood, well done. How does adding glue make it crackle?

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MadeinMT

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#3 posted 425 days ago

Renners – You apply glue (I use plain old Elmer’s white) with a brush and then apply the paint directly over it. As the paint and glue dry, the paint sheds off the glue in sort of a streaky fashion. When the glue it completely dry it becomes invisible and you then see the dark stained wood underneath it. The result is that the paint appears to have cracked with age.

-- Ron, Montana

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#4 posted 424 days ago

Thanks Ron.

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don38

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#5 posted 423 days ago

love the finish

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HorizontalMike

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#6 posted 423 days ago

Nice!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#7 posted 422 days ago

The wife and I love rustic pine furniture…WELL DONE!

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#8 posted 420 days ago

Looks good and love the rustic look. Great job on the finish, looks really authentic.

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