WHAT? Did you read that title correctly? How to age and distress wood without painting or staining? How could that be possible? I am here to tell you how that is possible, and you will be just as shocked and pleasantly surprised as we were. I say we, because of course on my husbands day off, I put the guy to work. I swear, I think he would much rather be doing his real job:)
I am celebrating National Craft month with BernzOmatic.
You may remember my old red pantry door?
I’m sure many of you have seen a BernzOmatic. BernzOmatic is an American manufacturing company that was founded by Otto Bernz in 1876. The company manufactures handheld torches and accessories.
I know many welders use the BernzOmatic. Truth be told, I never used one and was a little nervous and apprehensive to try it out. Perhaps, even skeptical. But when BernzOmatic contacted me, we just so happen to have a project coming up that I thought would be perfect for it. Not to mention, Mike was nervous for me. I said no worries, “This girl is on Fire”, I got this!
Now that was scary in itself.
You see the project we had coming up was a pantry door that I had made from Tobacco barnwood. Remember I shared the shutters we had made for our family room around the fireplace? and the burned kitchen clock score we found? This door was the finishing touch that tied it all together. Mike knew he would have to improvise. The door itself was not heavy nor deep enough for the pantry. Mike reached out to his Father who is very good with woodworking and he told Mike exactly what to do to build up the door to be a bit more heavy considering it gets a lot of usage around here.
However, the inner portion of the door (the part that needed the building up) was all natural wood (pine) to be exact. I would have to either paint it, or stain it. It would have looked terrible otherwise and very unfinished. We can’t have that!
So out came the BernzOmatic and I got to work. You can find BernzOmatic at Home depot, Lowes, Walmart and a few other retailers you can find on their website.
Can you see the natural beauty of the wood?
For Distressing wood: A blowtorch can be used to give wood an old and weathered look, adding antique charm and character to woodworking projects. The flame of the torch burns the wood, and brings out the grain in a dramatic way. The BernzOmatic ST500 micro-torch can be used to distress smaller objects such as a wooden crate, while the TS8000 self-igniting torch works well for distressing large-scale pieces like a dining room table.
Several adjustments had to be made before I got the hang of it. I kept the torch on medium/high, about two inches away from my project. I also made sure I went in the direction of the wood grain.
When I tell you this was so much easier than painting or staining would have been, I really can’t even stress that enough. Plus, we would have had to wait for it to dry before we could hang our door. You know I am NOT a patient person. This was immediate gratification. And so easy!! A blowtorch can be used for so much more than sweating pipes and can create some awesome at-home crafts.
Now of course, if you were doing a kitchen table, you would want to use a polyurethane considering it’s a table that is used and would get wiped up often and such. Speaking of tables, how cool would this look on an outdoor picnic table!? Very cool…my wheels are turning again. Most picnic tables come unfinished and you have to paint or stain them. Phooey on that. Not to mention you have to keep up with that every year to maintain the look.
And here is the interior! You have this cool aged, weathered look. And yes, I do need to clean out my pantry, thanks for the reminder!
Even my husband who is not always a fan of projects around here, absolutely LOVED the way this turned out.
Mike was a bit of a skeptic, but skeptic no more.
Check out BernzOmatic for yourself. I hope this post encouraged you to try a project, both big, or small. I know you can do it!
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Read and follow important safety warnings included with BernzOmatic fuel cylinders and hand torches.
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