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Considering staining a project with Weathered Wood Accelerator? Did you know that stains looks different on every wood species? That should be a big factor before you buy the stain or wood.

Here is everything you need to know about it, before making the purchase.

Weathered Wood Accelerator

Weathered Wood Accelerator is a premium wood stain by Varathane, a sub-brand of Rustoleum. It is an oil based wood finish. You can use it on hardwood floors or wood furniture or DIY projects.

This is not a typical stain. It is actually meant to replicate and aging process and imitate what happens in nature with aged wood.

It’s a unique idea that is playing on the trend of rustic, weathered wood finishes.

It is gray in color with cool blue undertones.

My biggest complaint about this stain is that it tends to go blue/purple in certain wood types and in certain lights. When that happens, it’s not good and it doesn’t look natural at all.

Another complaint is that one coat of this stain on bare or untreated wood doesn’t always do much. We have found that you need to almost pool the stain on and then let it sit for a while before wiping to get the desired aged gray effect.

You can find this stain on Amazon or at your local hardware store. A can of stain lasts a long time, so it can be used for several projects.

In general, it is always a good idea to do a test stain on a piece of wood to verify desired color.

We tested this stain on five types of wood to see how it looks – whitewood, poplar, plywood, pine, and oak.

Varathane Weathered Wood Acceleratorvarathane wood stain on white wood, poplar, pine, oak, plywood

How does Weathered Wood Accelerator look on pine?

Weathered Wood Accelerator gives pine a gray tint. We have had it go fairly purple on pine if left to sit too long, however. Be sure to wipe it and then apply a second coat if you want to get it darker.

The yellow undertones of the pine still shine through this thin stain.

How does Weathered Wood Accelerator look on plywood?

Plywood took the stain color a bit more than the pine did. It gave the piece and overall gray look. You can kind of see how it looks a little blue, though. Be careful with that and be sure to test a swatch first.

How does Weathered Wood Accelerator look on poplar?

Poplar is naturally a bit green looking which i feel like works well with this stain to create a unique color. I think it did a nice job of reacting with the wood to highlight the natural grain.

How does Weathered Wood Accelerator look on whitewood?

This stain penetrates the wood grain of the white wood a lot more than the rest of it, leaving you with an inconsistent finish. However, if you want to really highlight the grain, this could be a good option for you.

How does Weathered Wood Accelerator look on oak?

Oak has a natural red tone to it and I really like the way that this stain cools that down. It adds almost white highlights to the grain. I think that this could be beautiful on hardwood floors or cabinets!

Projects using Weathered Wood Accelerator

Want to see Weathered Wood Accelerator in action? Here are some projects featuring this color:

We love how Weathered Wood Accelerator looks and think that it is a great option if you are building furniture or DIY projects for your home. Try to pair this together with similar colors and tones in your home.

Click here to shop Weathered Wood Accelerator on Amazon!

Want to check out more stain colors? We tested 10 types of stain on 5 types of wood – check out the whole project!

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Varathane® Accelerator, Weathered Wood



Give your dinner table, sofa or front door a unique, weathered look with this accelerator from Varathane. The aged effect can be achieved in minutes on any bare or untreated wood.

  • Weathered Wood
  • 8 fl. oz. (237 mL)
  • Low odor
  • Water-based
  • Works on all types of bare or untreated wood
Give your dinner table, sofa or front door a unique, weathered look with this accelerator from Varathane. The aged effect can be achieved in minutes on any bare or untreated wood.

  • Weathered Wood
  • 8 fl. oz. (237 mL)
  • Low odor
  • Water-based
  • Works on all types of bare or untreated wood
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From the Manufacturer jumpCustomer Reviews
Varathane® Accelerator, Weathered Wood is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Liciagr26 from It does as it says. Beware it is wateryIt does what it says it’ll do. My issue isn’t with the wood accelerator, it’s with the wood pieces I chose. After a few coats, the results still came out in somewhat different shades
Date published: 2021-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by Coastal Vibe from It Really WorksI started with a brand new, plain table. I applied the entire jar of product with a staining sponge. I allowed the table to dry completely in the hot sun. And here it is all weathered in under an hour!
Date published: 2021-06-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by hellowookie from Tiny canister - Didn’t work greatYou can get a way bigger can of this for about the same price at home improvement stores so I assumed it was bigger but I was wrong. It’s teeny! Didn’t work super well on my project either. I went and got a big van of the Varathane weathered grey stain for cheaper and it worked better!
Date published: 2021-05-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by Anonymous from I didn’t care for the colorSo I use paint I had and thinned it and look how it turned out
Date published: 2021-02-01
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I have worked with and used Rustoleum products for many years.  This is a sponsored post and all opinions expressed are my own.

A couple months back in a video episode, we turned a leftover pile of 1x6 tongue and groove into a backdrop for our staircase -

I was really hoping for lots of gray aged boards, but we only ended up with a few.  Varathane recently debuted a product called Weathered Wood Accelerator, that ages wood in minutes (instead of years) so I thought I'd give it a try on some of those staircase boards.

It worked wonderfully, and you can see the results in this video -

We've been getting quite a few questions and comments about the Varathane Weathered Wood Accelerator product, so I thought I'd take a second to share a little more about it.

Varathane Weathered Wood Accelerator creates a weathered look on bare or untreated wood.  It replicates the aging process that happens in nature by reacting with the tannins of the wood to create a unique one-of-a-kind aged gray look.  It works on all types of wood.  Final look will vary on wood type.  

It is a water based formula that is low odor and easy clean up.  You simply wipe on with a foam brush, and it will gray up.

Since different wood species have more or less tannins, the effect will be different.  It's best to do a test before a full application.  

Here's what happened when I applied Varathane Weathered Wood Accelerator to a bare spruce board.

The product is a watery consistency, and does drip.  I liked using a foam applicator, but in the absense of one, used a clean sponge.

It goes on like water, and leaves a very slight grayish tint - almost like coffee but a gray color.  I just sponged it on liberally, but not to the point where it was dripping over the edges.

After a minute, it looked like this - a little wet, a little bit gray on the edges.

After five minutes, the rougher parts of the board really started to gray up.  I did not sand as directed, as this was just a test.  The more the wood could soak up, the greater the effect.

Two hours later, it looked like this - 

Very impressive for wiping something down with a sponge and just leaving it for a couple of hours.

These are the results on spruce, of course, the results will be different on different wood species and different sanding levels.

Here are the results on oak.  Who knew oak could look like that?  This stuff is magic in a can!

I will defintely be using Varathane Weathered Wood Accelerator on lots more projects - the results are beautiful and the most realistic gray stain I've ever seen.

Look for it on shelves and online for about $10 a quart.  And do share projects if you use it, I'd love to see how it works out for you as well.

Have a great weekend!

XO Ana

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