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Vintage wood finishes have been on trend for the last few years, and it never seems to go out of style. So it makes sense that when you buy new or natural wood products in-store, you may find yourself wanting more of a distressed, rustic look that gives it a unique personality. 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!

Method 1: Shoe Polish

This method will be the easiest of the three, as you will only need a large jar of shoe polish to give your wood item a new look. Choose a piece of wood or furniture and apply the shoe polish to the wood with a soft cloth in slow circles 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 a fantastic option for aging natural wood to a dark, rustic color. Begin by brewing a pot of coffee and let it cool down completely. Once the coffee is cooled down, mix together 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds with a teaspoon of coffee in a bowl together and grab a soft cloth. When you’re ready to stain your furniture, pour a small amount of the coffee mixture on to the piece your working with and rub the coffee into the wood, making sure not to saturate the wood. Do this several times until you reach your desired color. Once done, clean off the grounds and let dry. Seal with wax for a smooth finish.

Method 3: DIY Stain

If you want to make a DIY wood stain, instead of using a storebought stain, try this method. In a large jar, mix vinegar, three 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 wet 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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