FINISHING TECHNIQUE: Aging/Distressing Furniture- Make new wood look old!

FINISHING TECHNIQUE: Aging/Distressing Furniture- Make new wood look old!
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FINISHING TECHNIQUE: Aging/Distressing Furniture- Make new wood look old!

11 thoughts on “FINISHING TECHNIQUE: Aging/Distressing Furniture- Make new wood look old!”

  1. I think a step got left out when did you do the acid wash was it after the caustic wash or after the wax?

  2. Another technique for aging woods, though it works best with hardwoods rather than the pine seen here, is brushing on an iron acetate solution. Iron acetate can be made by dissolving iron in vinegar. Iron acetate reacts with the tannins in woods to darken them, the level of darkness depends on the tannin content of the wood. Something like maple can turn a light grey while oak can sometimes end up jet black. Its a fun process but it can be a little unpredictable so test your solution on a scrap and see if you like the result before putting it on your fine furniture.

  3. Just leave it with my fat cousin and her fat husband and her three unruly fat kids for a week. They are halfway thru turning a 10 year old house into a pile of saw dust.

  4. thanks for the techniques. one more could be to use a hand plane to get the modern machine planer marks off, and its not like it has to be perfect. Just enough to remove the ripple, and plane blade tracks are fine, its 'character'

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