We went with the apple cider and steel wool oxidizing stain!
|the "weathered" contenders|
The staining process was simple. We used an old brush and painted the vinegar mixture on. It is really runny (like water) so you will want a drop cloth. It will also discolor anything it splashes on, like skin, walls, other pieces of furniture, etc. While that isn't a huge problem for wipeable surfaces it could be an issue if you get it on fabric or other porous surfaces. Try to work quickly moving around without skipping over areas. If you skip an area and come back there will be darker and lighter patches. For the most part it seems like you can fix any dark spots by sanding them down a bit to blend with the lighter areas.
As you can see different cuts of wood will also take to the stain differently so you may have pieces that are naturally darker or lighter, browner or grayer, etc. I knew this before we began and was fine with that. If you want a totally uniform bed then it would be best to plan on buying one type of wood and determining your plans based on the pieces you can get. I love the gray tones that came out on the side planks!
I will collaborate with my husband to bring you the cut list, price break down, and directions to make the bed! I'm pretty sure it was under or around $100! And, wouldn't you know it....a day or two after it was finished I recieved an email from West Elm with this bed staring me straight in the face...
|Emmerson bed via|
and then once perusing the website I found this one...
|Stria Bed via|
They are both more variagated in their wood sizes and texture but still quite similar to ours! Plus making our own saved us a bunch of moolah!
What do you think? Would you have chosen a different finish?
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