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Basically, you've got black & brown in the frame. You would almost have to streak stains to get the same look. I'd try water based black walnut, water it down, & do areas with a sponge. Then try a medium tone like fruitwood go over it all. The trick will be to get the variation like you have on the doors.

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The steel wool and vinegar mix works best on high tannin woods like oak. If it is a low tannin wood brush on a coat of strong tea, let it dry. The tea adds tannin.

As rough as that wood appears to be, I would seal it with Seal Coat first.

For the black I would use Trans Tint black diluted in DNA. For the brown I would use Zar Chestnut, it has no red undertones.

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The steel wool and vinegar mix works best on high tannin woods like oak. If it is a low tannin wood brush on a coat of strong tea, let it dry. The tea adds tannin.

As rough as that wood appears to be, I would seal it with Seal Coat first.

For the black I would use Trans Tint black diluted in DNA. For the brown I would use Zar Chestnut, it has no red undertones.

Tom
It works on any wood, works especially well on pine. It really soaks in and looks very natural unlike some stains. Most of the weathered wood that I see/match is pine
 

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Won't work that well on red oak either, which is why it's a decent (not foolproof) method of discerning between red and white oak.

White...goes black.....high tannin.
 

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Finally found some steel wool, I don't go to stores that much ,

Checked the depot but couldn't find it, checked Walmart and kept finding SOS pads,

Finally found it though, I used distiller vinegar hope that works,

Steel wool suppose to float lol I just put it in this morning and was checking back to see how long it had to sit, I guess I'll know in a couple days

Thanks again!!
 

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Without tannins there will be no reaction. Try it on maple.

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Ha Ha what ever you say Tom, what ever you say
Must have been magic why it works for me.
I will let you know the next time I come across a Maple barn

Frame- let it sit for a couple of days, you can add more stuff to it to slightly change the color. You can do a google search to see what to add to change the color. You should see a lot of bubbles by the steel wool. I put in some real small nails and kept it for a week or so.

I do some work with a furniture refinishing company and those guys initially told me about the process.
 

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We did the steel wool and vinegar (wife told me it was apple cider vinegar) trick on this chalkboard frame I built for the kids. Three - four coats of the vinegar, and a coat of linseed oil for the finish.

The frame was 1x4 clear pine from depot.

Don't know if that's the look you're going for, but that's what we did.

Pay no attention to the square metal corners sticking out past the rounded wood corners. I'm lazy.
 

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