We went with the apple cider and steel wool oxidizing stain!
|the “weathered” contenders|
The staining process was simple. We used an old brush and painted the vinegar mixture on. It is really runny (like water) so you will want a drop cloth. It will also discolor anything it splashes on, like skin, walls, other pieces of furniture, etc. While that isn’t a huge problem for wipeable surfaces it could be an issue if you get it on fabric or other porous surfaces. Try to work quickly moving around without skipping over areas. If you skip an area and come back there will be darker and lighter patches. For the most part it seems like you can fix any dark spots by sanding them down a bit to blend with the lighter areas.
|Emmerson bed via|
|Stria Bed via|