I have been loving the weathered gray stained furniture for awhile now. Just take a look in a Restoration Hardware catalog and you will fall in love too! When we moved into our first house, my parents gave us two dressers that were once my grandparents when they were first married. They must be almost 70 years old now! I can't tell you how many times they were painted, stripped, painted again, stripped, stained. I've lost count!! The last time they were stripped and stained was when I got them. A project my dad did for us and I truly love the simplicity of the dressers, clean, straight lines, a little retro looking. At the time, I just always wished he would have stained them a little darker! These are now both in Reid's room and I have been in redecorating mode.
We were in Lowe's one day looking at stains for our dining room table when I saw that Rust-Oleum had a stain called Weathered Gray. I was intrigued! One coat, dries in one hour!? Yes!!! So I thought, why not?
This was 100% MY project! No help from the hubby!! I picked one of the nicest days we had and went for it! The orbital sander REALLY helped and I used sandpaper for the nooks and crannies.
After sanding, we wiped them all down with paper towels to get all the dust off. Then we were ready to stain!
The stain was pretty easy to go on. It was more like painting than really staining! I only did one coat but I honestly wish I would have done two!
Oh, I did have one BIG helper...Reid!! He loved that they were "his" dressers and that he was helping stain them!
Here is the dresser all finished and back in his room! Is it the weathered gray look I so desired from the catalogs, not really but I do like the color! After reading online, to achieve that color is a pretty intense process! One I honestly don't have the time for! This was easy and can be done in one afternoon! Happy staining!!!