We’ve all seen those beautiful wood signs on Pinterest made of re-purposed pallets. Often, the pallets that you get your hands on will be beautifully aged, with that grey, weathered look. However, more often, you’ll find pallets that look pretty shiny and new. And if you’re going to use wood that looks new, you might as well use NEW wood.
But. If you’re looking for that grey, weathered look for your projects, like this,
Take your steel wool pad and pull it apart into smaller pieces (this will help it break down more quickly) and put them into the mason jar. Pour vinegar over it, about 2 cups, and rest the lid on top, leaving a little space for it to breathe.
Leave on your counter for several days, and then start doing tests on a piece of scrap wood with a paintbrush. While I’m sure there’s a precise science to it, it seems to me, from experience and reading online, that it really depends on the steel wool that you have and the brand of vinegar and how many days since the last full moon, as to how long it’s going to take to make the weathering stain.
Allow the tested wood to dry in order to get the full effect of the stain. When you’re happy with the result, pour the vinegar stain out of the mason jar and into a spray bottle.