free pallets: where to find 'em, what to look for. Where can I find free pallets? Before my first pallet project, I would DROOL over every pallet project on Pinterest, and wonder about the same question! Then I realized they are everywhere, especially the places I visit often for my design work – tile and stone showrooms, masonry supply stores – places that sell boulders, rocks, pavers etc, and wood and carpet flooring stores. I also see them behind wine shops and grocery stores. Garden…
Color wash: This technique adds subtle color while allowing the natural beauty of the wood to show through. Try it on unfinished pieces with paneling details for the wash to accentuate, like the cabinet above. | Photo: Daniel Hennessy
DIY stain: Some finishes can fake decades of wear in a matter of minutes. Here, we mixed ¼ cup of rusty nails with ¾ cup of vinegar and let steep for 24 hours. When applied, the solution reacts quickly with the natural tannins in the wood grain (we used oak), mimicking the weathering that occurs over many years.
Wood Stains: When wood needs a little help to look its best, brush or wipe on some stain to deepen its color and highlight the grain. This brush-on product, born in the U.S.A. in 1984, combines stain pigments and polyurethane in one can, making for fast finishing. | @minwax
Interior, water-base poly works well on light-colored woods and stains where ambering would be undesirable. Blended with acrylic resins, it goes on milky but quickly dries crystal clear. Not as durable as oil-based polys. Available in gloss, semi-gloss, and satin. | thisoldhouse.com