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  • Writer's pictureTreasea Johnson

Obsessed with shou sugi ban

I've been obsessed with this wood treatment since an episode of Fixer Upper where Chip and Joanna Gaines renovated a houseboat in Waco, Texas. This treatment is not only beautiful, but practical, rendering it insect repellent and water-resistant.

shou sugi ban
shou sugi ban exterior

While shou sugi ban originated in Japan in the 18th century it was primarily as a way to treat cedar siding to make it weatherproof. The technique—which involves charring a wood surface to render it a deep charcoal-black—has caught on recently as a treatment for contemporary exteriors and indoor furnishings alike.

The process appears to be pretty easy, although, I haven't personally done this yet. The charring technique that blackens the wood and reveals clean, distinct lines will captivate you. You might not be the proud owner of a blowtorch, but any determined do it yourself individual can absolutely accomplish the technique at home to give an existing piece of wood furniture a new look.

Below are the steps in the process.

With the purchase of an inexpensive torch that can adapt to an existing or purchased propane tank you can begin your shou sugi ban journey. Of course, wear all the protective gear (flame retardent) and exercise all the safety precautions.

Below is a youtube video I found when researching the process:

Good Luck and share, I would love to see your projects.

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