Aging a redwood fence DIY FAIL!


Now that we have our gorgeous backyard, I’ve noticed some existing items that need to be tended too. About a year ago we had some fence boards replaced to sturdy up the back fence. You can tell in our photos that they now stick out like a sore thumb.

I did a little googling and found out how to make a mixture to age them.

I got straight to work on this project. First I mixed 1.5 cups backing soda to 1 gallon of water.

After a couple of hours this is how it looked…hmm darker but still not grey.

Time for plan B, soaking steel wool in white vinegar.

After 24 hours, the steel wool will have turned the vinegar grey. Well for us it took about 3 days, I don’t know, like I said I’ve been having bad luck on this project.

After painting on the vinegar stain, this is what I woke up to the next morning…

It turned the board almost black! I’m glad I only tried it on one board in the corner.

After all my despair and failed DIY attempts, I was at a loss.

While I was out moping, to my surprise my husband decided to mix up a grey stain and stain them himself.

This is what I came home to! YaY!

Don’t you love it when you get overly excited about a fence! oh…only me right?

So the moral of this story is, if your boards look like mine,  go ahead and save some time and have your husband stain them. DIY Fail!

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4 Responses to “Aging a redwood fence DIY FAIL!”

  1. Candice Waldin July 21, 2011 at 9:00 AM #

    Hahahahahaha Lizzie I love you! The fence looks amazing now! I love it!


  2. Stacie July 27, 2011 at 10:52 AM #

    Congrats on achieving the color that you wanted! Redwood isn’t easy to age. It looks like you went through a lot of trouble.


  3. arielyve March 24, 2014 at 11:16 AM #

    What color was the stain? I need to do the same thing.



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