DIY Wood Aging

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The rustic and vintage look has been on trend for the last few years and it never seems to go out of style. However, when you buy new or natural wood products in store, sometimes you might find that the finish lack character or personality you desire. The good news is, there is an easy, effective way to age your natural wood products and it won’t take much more than a few products and elbow grease! So gather up some of the below products, grab a friend or family member and give your wood that vintage look without the cost.

 

Method 1: Shoe Polish

This method will be the easiest of the 3 as you will just need a large jar of shoe polish. Simply choose piece of wood or furniture and apply the shoe polish to the wood with a soft cloth. Rub the polish in circular motion, making sure the polish seeps into the wood grain. Once you have done one coat, feel free to do a second once the first is dry.

 

Method 2: Coffee

Coffee is an amazing option for aging natural wood to a dark, rustic color. Simply brew a pot of coffee and let it cool. Once cool, mix together the grounds and the liquid in a bowl. When your ready to stain, pour the coffee on to the wood (with the grounds) and rub the grounds into the grain. Do this several times until you reach your desired colour. Once done, clean off the grounds and let dry. Seal with wax for a smooth finish.

 

Method 3: DIY Stain

Last but not least, if you want to make your own semi natural stain try this method! In a large jar, mix together vinegar, a few black tea bags and several pieces of steel wool.  Close the jar lid tightly and let the mix sit for at least two days. Once it has sat for the required time, sand your wood surface in preparation. Next, use the soaked steel wool and rub the wood in the direction of the grain until you have reached your desired color. When you are happy with your result, use a dry cloth and wipe the wood to complete the process!

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