How to make a Barn Wood effect. Start with new wood. Then with the paintbrush, paint a layer of water and then a layer of stain and rub it off quickly with a rag to get that gray color. The water keeps the stain from getting too far in the wood so it’ll be gray not black.
10 Easy and Inexpensive DIY Floor Finishes - I actually really like the penny idea for a backsplash! Could be really cool in a rustic/industrial space. Could also be a cool powder room feature on the counter or an accent wall!