any idea how this color can be achieved? Both the body and top, which seems to be different

On top I believe is some sort of black wenge diluted, but the other one im not sure if it is grey and wiped with a cloth or something,

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Im thinking on using water based varnish btw


  • For the main body of the desk, just let the board sit outside for 6-12 months, then sand lightly in some random spots along the edges.
    – FreeMan
    Aug 13, 2020 at 10:53
  • Thats a lot of time :)
    – Carlo
    Aug 13, 2020 at 12:11
  • You asked for "any" ideas, not time efficient ones...
    – FreeMan
    Aug 13, 2020 at 12:14
  • Ideally we need more info than you've provided to be able to provide a good Answer (e.g. so that recommendations are based on what's available in your market) but really you're going to have to do some experimentation anyway because your wood may not stain quite like someone else's. The main body looks like it could simply be pressure-treated softwood with semi-random sanding o_O Not that it's relevant but this looks godawful to my eyes, sooo much better than this is possible and to that end I think the dark top should probably be approached using "gel stain". [contd]
    – Graphus
    Aug 13, 2020 at 12:51
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    Search Youtube for "how to get a barn wood effect on new lumber" or anything about fake Aging or fake old wood techniques.
    – Alaska Man
    Aug 13, 2020 at 17:30

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To me it looks like it is “grey washed”

Instructions can be found here for example: https://www.wikihow.com/Grey-Wash-Wood

And maybe I’m stating the obvious, but remember to first experiment on a few scrap pieces of wood before applying it to your furniture

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