How to Age wood
For furniture or wood projects, adding an aged wood look can give real character and interest to an otherwise ordinary object. With a little sanding, stain and lacquer to finish you can transform any wood object.
It's easy to age wood with common household items.
You Will Need
* A solid piece of quality wood
* A chain, a rock, or keys
* Strong, cold coffee or tea
* Dirt or coffee grounds
* Wood stain
* Lye (optional)
* Safety gear (optional)
Lye is a hazardous chemical. Never mix lye with aluminum. Wear safety glasses, chemical-resistant gloves, and a vapor-resistant mask when using lye.
Step 1: Distress the wood
Distress the wood by beating the surface with a chain, rock, keys, or other implement that will scar the surface.
Lye will also change wood's color, texture, and appearance, but is caustic and can cause chemical burns.
Step 2: Sand wood
Sand the wood lightly to smooth any rough spots.
Step 3: Brush on coffee or tea
Brush on coffee or tea with a paintbrush to add a patina to the wood surface. Aged wood typically has dark spots from handling and air exposure.
Step 4: Rub in dirt or coffee grounds
Rub dirt or coffee grounds into the wood surface once it has dried completely. This further accentuates the distressed areas in the wood.
Step 5: Brush on stain
Brush on wood stain with a clean paintbrush.
Step 6: Brush on lacquer
Apply a coat of lacquer using a clean paintbrush after allowing stain to dry completely. The lacquer seals the wood and gives a finished look.
Did you know? In 2008, Scientists in Sweden identified a 9,500-year-old spruce as the world's oldest living tree.