I recently found this old wood lazy susan at a thrift store for $2.99…….
……and painted it to look like an old wine barrel lid using a wood aging technique I used back in my college studio art days:
I love the look of reclaimed wine barrels used in home decor…..they are just so expensive. With a few simple household products and some spray paint I was able to recreate the wine-inspired look for under $5.
Wood lazy susan, tray or plaque
White distilled vinegar
Adhesive vinyl shelf paper or paper stencils
Step 1: I used my Silhouette machine to cut a stencil out of vinyl adhesive shelf paper. If you have a Silhouette machine you can click on the image below to save my .studio file for your own machine. If you don’t have a Silhouette machine you can use basic stencils from the craft store and paint each letter or you can save the image below and enlarge it to cut it out as a stencil by hand:
Step 2: Place the stencil on the wood and mask off any other areas you don’t want to get paint on:
Step 3: Spray a layer of paint onto the stencil and let it dry thoroughly. Once dry, carefully peel off the stencil.
Step 4: Mix white distilled vinegar into a bowl and submerge a steel wool pad (just like the one you wash dishes with) into it.
The steel wool reacts with the vinegar to create an “aging” wash. Let the steel wool soak in the vinegar for about 20 minutes…….the steel wool pad will begin to disintegrate a little.
Use a paper towel or gloves to grab the steel wool pad and some of the liquid and “paint” across the wood. Let dry and apply a second coat. As the liquid becomes discolored in the bowl you can also use a paint brush to apply the vinegar.
Step 5: If the color is a little too gray for your liking you can steep some basic tea bags in hot water……
…..and use a paint brush to add a few coats of concentrated tea. It will add a slight natural brownish tinge to the wood:
Once the wood is dry you are finished! Use a rag to clean off any bits of steel wool left behind. Spray with varnish or add a layer of polyurethane if you like to protect the color:
Looks just like the real thing:
Behind the scenes: Boo and I taking photos for this tutorial…..Lisa snapped this photo from the office as she worked:
Let me know if you make one for yourself! Would love to see it!
Fabulous tutorial! I do believe I have some spinning things that I can do this too:)
world’s greatest idea ever! This is gorgeous! Now I just have to find the lazy susan.
You have a great eye, it’s very stylish! Came over from angel face designs- great tutorials too!
This idea would make for a great serving tray too.
I love this! You have the best ideas!
Do you mean “steel wool” or “SOS pads”? I thought steel wool, but it looked like it had the SOS pad soap in it. Just trying to clarify. Thx!
Steel wool….but I only had SOS pads so I just washed as much soap as I could from it.
Thank you for a great tute! I want to try this on an old oak rocker that my mom stripped for me. Have you ever tried it on oak? Love the lazy susan!
Elaine Canaday says
Love this idea! Repinned this on my Pininterest board – thanks for the tutorial.
Ash….you are AMAZING! I hope your grandmothers can see what you are doing to put them to shame!! We love you…mom
Pamela M. Perkins Zirbel says
This is awesome!! I absolutley LOVE how you did this!! I have to remember this and try it! I also saw your crate you did for your daughte! Verry cool!!! Thanks for sharing this idea and continued amazing crafting!!!
I just loved the idea and the look of this.
I have just tried it for a birthday gift and the vinegar wash didn’t seem to have an effect. Then I noticed that I used a stainless steel wool pad. Could this be the problem?
Yes, that solved the problem. I just had to go to 4 shops until I found steelwool which was not made from stainless steel.
Can’t wait until it’s dry!!
I love the lazy susan but I am happy to see that you enjoy the I Love CA chardonnay from Fresh and Easy. Try the Sauvignon if you havent already!
Thanks for sharing, just stumbled upon you as I searched for wine cork giraffe, my son and I are in the makes with all the corks I’ve collected. looking forward to more posts.