I showed my dad a picture of the headboard and he and J's dad began to come up with their version of a gunsafe/headboard. How lucky are we to have families that get along so well?! They let me help pick out the pieces of wood that they would use. The wood is pecan and I chose pieces with cool knots, and some really interesting wormholes to give some unique character. They constructed the headboard so that the columns can be removed from the box for easy moving...this thing is massive! The gun-rack that's stowed away inside of the headboard is actually a rack that J's Grandpa owned years ago. How about that for some character and history? Poppa also insisted on the slight "eyebrow" arch as he calls it. He convinced me a square box doesn't show off his craftsmanship and it wouldn't look quite finished, obviously he knows his thang.
The picture to the left is the headboard before the stain. I tested a few different stains but I chose another Pinterest project' the ol' steel wool and vinegar stain, which I will explain to y'all.
You will need:
- Unsweet Tea
- White Distilled Vinegar
- Steel Wool
The first thing to do is mix your vinegar and wool. I ripped up 2 steel wool pads and poured a 1/2 gallon of distilled white vinegar over top of the wool into a sealable container. You then let that mixture set for
24 hours. Many of the tutorials I read used tea to bring out the "tannins" in the wood, so I followed that idea. In hindsight the tea doesn't do anything except "water pop" the wood. Water popping is a method used to open the grains through applying moisture so the stain will sink deeper. For hard wood, like pecan, it is a good way to try to deepen the stain, but adding water to the wood can blur the grain lines. I'm not an expert but for more information google is always a good option! First, you will apply your tea and let that dry. After that has dried and your vinegar/wool mixture