I thought I’d share a quality water-based eco-friendly wood stain that creates a weathered or vintage looking tone to new and old woods alike. This stain is simple to use and is very useful when trying to color match a siding or fence repair on new wood so it blends in with the old, or to create a vintage look.
I found Lifetime stain in 2007 when I was remodeling my own home. I was looking for a vintage wood look for some of the siding on my house and thought this one was a perfect fit. I tested this product on some 100+ year old wood that we reclaimed from the original house along with a few pieces of new cedar too see what they would look like. The results were perfect.
The older pine had a darker patina to start with so once I put on the stain it really brought that richness out of the old wood. It turned a nice rich brown that looked vintage, just what I wanted. The new cedar turned a cool silvery brown that matched close enough to the old wood to use it on the same house. We used stucco on the lower level of the home and vertical reclaimed wood and new cedar on the upper level on dormer walls, and on gabled ends.
The photo on the left is of a garage with a studio above it. The siding in reclaimed pine wood flooring that we repurposed and turned into vertical wood siding. We used Lifetime Stain to achieve the vintage “barnwood” look. The photo on the right is of the south side of my home. We used reclaimed wood on the upper dormers on the left and new cedar on the gable. The Lifetime turns them a nice rich brown. The horizontal wood bands are also reclaimed pine timbers that we used Lifetime on as well.
I’ve had a lot of people ask me how I got the look for the wood siding so I’m passing the secret along to you.
Visit my website www.blackcanyonbuilders.net and you’ll see a few homes
that I’ve used the Lifetime Stain on. You can visit their website at