Old is the new new, especially when it comes to wood decor. Turns out, achieving that grey, salvaged look popularized by Restoration Hardware and found on everything from IKEA hutches to West Elm coffee tables is an easy three-ingredient process. Transform any raw wood item into a high design decor piece with a little white vinegar, coffee grounds, and some elbow grease. Yes, really.
- Combine coffee grounds, vinegar, and steel wool in your sealable container (mason jars work great). Let it sit for 24 hours. The vinegar will begin to dissolve the steel wool.
- After 24 hours, fish the steel wool out of the container.
- Rub the steel wool over your wood, dipping the wool back in the container for more liquid as necessary.
- Allow the first coat to stand for one hour, then do a second coat. Two coats should do the trick (we went with two on our butcher block countertops and were pumped with the results — see photo), but if you’d like a darker color still, go for a third round.
- Wipe off lingering coffee grounds when the solution dries. Finish with a coat of tung oil.