Introduction

sunbleached wood outdoor bench with a basket of flowers
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Wood naturally turns from yellow-brown to gray as the sun and weather slowly age it. But you can speed up that process with a quick paint job. This faded, grayed-out treatment makes new lumber look like well-worn driftwood.
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    Tools List

    • sandpaper
      Sandpaper (if needed)
    • cleaning rag
      Rags
    • foam brush
      2-inch foam brushes (two)
    • latex gloves
      Protective gloves

    Shopping List

    1. Wood footstool

    2. Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Sunbleached

    3. Rust-Oleum Ultimate Spar Varnish in Matte