The DIY Grey "Stain" Trough Boxes

The DIY Grey "Stain" Trough Boxes

I have been debating about offering a different colour for our trough boxes for a while. I'm not usually a fan of light wood stain.  I blame my Dad, all wood in our house growing up was given a clear coat, so the lovely yellowness of the pine was shining through.  Very in style in the 90's. 

My Dad would gasp at this, but I was leaning towards a coloured stain. I saw a post from Rustoleum with a beautiful grey stain. 

I wanted to see it in person before I bought it and we have been in a lockdown forever here in Ontario, so that wasn't happening any time soon. 

Then I was looking through all my paint and found this Rustoleum glaze. In keeping with my COVID-19 pandemic motto: "be happy with what you have" I decided play around with the glaze and some paint.

I was curious to see what it would look like over grey paint. I have used it many times over Serenity Blue, Sensible Sage and Patina.

My husband built six trough boxes for me. I decided to do four in the white and try two in grey.  I stained them first with a stain and poly in one product because it helps to seal any knots and gives a dark base. I always use Mission Oak. (If you have been to my house, you know I refinished an old table with it and then also finished cheap but new chairs).  Then I applied one pretty thick coat of Rustoleum Chalked Paint in Aged Grey. Then I held my breath and applied the glaze. 

I'm not sure why I was so nervous (it's paint, just paint over it) because it turned out beautiful!   I'm kicking myself for not taking before and after pictures. 

Here is a picture of the finished project. The smoked glaze adds so much depth to the paint. It definitely looks vintage. I'm in love!

I can't wait to make more!


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