Weathered Walnut – A DIY Custom Made Wood Stain

Learn how to make your own custom wood stain. This DIY stain called Weathered Walnut is a combo of warm brown tones and rustic grey tones. Making it a great neutral stain color. Learn more at www.one-thousandoaks.com

Today I will be sharing with you the custom stain that I made to use one my Side Table. I looked at Home Depot for a stain similar to the Everett table from World Market. However after looking into it, it doesn’t seem as if the table is stained, and that the color comes from the type of wood that they used.  I have not seen the table in person so I do not know for sure, but that is the conclusion that I came to.

Learn how to make your own custom wood stain. This DIY stain called Weathered Walnut is a combo of warm brown tones and rustic grey tones. Making it a great neutral stain color. Learn more at www.one-thousandoaks.com

The only thing I could do was to get a stain close to the color as possible.  I grabbed a Minwax Stain in Weathered Oak. However when I tested it on a scrap piece of wood, it was much lighter then I was wanting. It wasn’t a warm brown. It had more grey tones in it. I needed it to have a deeper tone. The only other stain I had on hand was a Minwax stain in Special Walnut. Special Walnut is a very dark brown stain. It is what I used on the shelves in my Little Explorer Boys Room.

Then I had the idea to mix the Weathered Oak and the Special Walnut stains together!

Learn how to make your own custom wood stain. This DIY stain called Weathered Walnut is a combo of warm brown tones and rustic grey tones. Making it a great neutral stain color. Learn more at www.one-thousandoaks.com

Creating a Weathered Walnut DIY Stain.

This DIY stain has warm brown tones but also had this beautiful grey tone in certain areas, such as the details on the legs of the table.

Learn how to make your own custom wood stain. This DIY stain called Weathered Walnut is a combo of warm brown tones and rustic grey tones. Making it a great neutral stain color. Learn more at www.one-thousandoaks.com

The stain will take differently to different types of wood, so be sure to test your stain on scrap pieces of wood first prior to applying it to your entire project. For my table I had to add 3 coats to the top and base box and only one coat to the legs and frame, due to the different types of wood.

After playing around with the stain for a little bit I got the perfect amounts to make the Weathered Walnut stain.

Learn how to make your own custom wood stain. This DIY stain called Weathered Walnut is a combo of warm brown tones and rustic grey tones. Making it a great neutral stain color. Learn more at www.one-thousandoaks.com

DIY Weathered Walnut Wood Stain mix:

– 1/8 cup Weathered Oak Stain

– 1 tsp Special Walnut Stain

That is the amounts that I used for my DIY stain color for my Side Table.

I did have someone ask what the formula amounts would be to make a quart of Weathered Walnut stain and for a whole gallon of Weathered Walnut stain so I went ahead and figured out the math so you don’t have to!

To make a quart of this DIY Weathered Walnut Stain you would need:

– 1 Quart Weathered Oak Stain

– 11 Tablespoons (5.3oz) Special Walnut Stain

To make this DIY Weathered Walnut Stain in a large gallon quantity you would need:

– 1 Gallon Weathered Oak Stain

– 2 2/3 cups (21.3oz) Special Walnut Stain

I would love to see the projects that you use this DIY stain on! Send your pictures to Jaclyn@one-Thousandoaks.com and I will feature them here in this post!

I also shared my custom white wash finish that I used on my table as well! Check it out!
Learn how to make your own custom wood stain. This DIY stain called Weathered Walnut is a combo of warm brown tones and rustic grey tones. Making it a great neutral stain color. Learn more at www.one-thousandoaks.com

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12 Comments

  • Lorie

    This stain in the best. Thank you for sharing your fantastic recipe. I used it on a sliding farmhouse door that goes over my laundry room. It turned out amazing. I am very happy.

    • Jaclyn Erickson

      Since you asked, I did figure out the formula for a gallon! You would need 1 gallon of Weathered Oak Stain and 2 and 2/3 cup of the special Walnut! Best of luck with your project!

      Jaclyn

    • Sam

      I’m having a heck of a time trying to get a stain like this- I have been been applying special walnut then wiping it off and applying weathered oak on top but it is not working for me (colour is Not turning out on the pine table) Did you use a wood conditioner? I will be trying your exact mix/measurements !!!! Also how did you apply this stain- brush/ rag? Lastly, how long did you let it sit before wiping it away! Every time I go about staining my colours are not turning out I really want that taupe brown/grey!

      Thank you:)!!!

      • Jaclyn Erickson

        Hi Sam! I am sorry to hear that you are having a tough time with this, I hope my answers will provide the solution to the problem! I did not use a conditioner on my wood before staining. I mixed the two stain colors together in a cup before applying it to the table. I always use a rag to apply stain because I feel like I have better control over how it looks. If it is coming out too brown add more weathered oak to the mix to give it more gray. I would add it in small amounts like a teaspoon at a time. Since I use a rag to apply my stain I don’t have a lot of extra stain sitting on top of it to wipe off afterward, most of it gets rubbed right into the wood. I hope this helps! Let me know if you have anymore questions! – Jaclyn

    • KRISTI

      Hi. This looks great! Just the color I was looking for. I Was wondering if you had the conversion chart for just one quart or 32 ounce jar of stain. I am doing a farmhouse style table and bench I just don’t think I need a gallon of it do you have a way of measuring that out. Thank you so much

      • Jaclyn Erickson

        Hi Kristi!

        That is a great question! To make a quart of the Weathered Walnut stain you would need to mix – 1 Quart Weathered Oak Stain and 11 Tablespoons (5.3oz) Special Walnut Stain!
        I have added that to my blog post as well! I would love to see your finished product using the Weathered Walnut stain!

        – Jaclyn

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