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Trying to get distressed whitewash look. Need help!

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I have been working on a project for far longer than I expected and have not been able to nail the look I am shooting for and thought I would see if any of you had I ideas for things to try. I have tried 5 different colors of stains, vinegar/steel wool mix, along with with a light grey paint but have been unsuccessful in getting the look as seen in the photo below. Any ideas would be hugely appreciated. Thanks!!!!

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You could try the Weather Wash line of products. I believe they are just different modifications of the vinegar/steel wool mix but may be a little more consistent.

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You could try the Weather Wash line of products. I believe they are just different modifications of the vinegar/steel wool mix but may be a little more consistent.
Thank you for the suggestion, taking a look at their line.
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What species are you working with?
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The picture shows weathered wood, sometimes called barn wood.
There seems to be no sheen at all. Very flat finish.
Pick the color close but still darker than the picture then dilute it by about 60%. The stain will mostly be sucked up by the wood and not build on the face of the boards. When doing it this way you are more in control of the color because your applying it at a 40% rate. If you want it darker you can give it another coat or add color to your diluted mix.
I donít see much distressing on the wood in the picture. Sometimes a wire brush wheel is used with the grain to pronounce the grain more. I donít see that. Only the natural knots in the lumber.
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If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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What species are you working with?
Working with spruce/pine, also was looking into other materials. Funny thing is I found a guy two hours from me with doug fir removed from a 100 year barn, with roughly the identical look. I hopped in the car and went for a drive, ripped it down, now need to plane and install. I still would not mind figuring this out for future projects. Looks like a good suggestion below.
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The picture shows weathered wood, sometimes called barn wood.
There seems to be no sheen at all. Very flat finish.
Pick the color close but still darker than the picture then dilute it by about 60%. The stain will mostly be sucked up by the wood and not build on the face of the boards. When doing it this way you are more in control of the color because your applying it at a 40% rate. If you want it darker you can give it another coat or add color to your diluted mix.
I donít see much distressing on the wood in the picture. Sometimes a wire brush wheel is used with the grain to pronounce the grain more. I donít see that. Only the natural knots in the lumber.
Thank you! I have done just this, I got a style that matched very close, the hard part is using the brillo pad/wire brush to get the colors to pop.
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