Asked on Oct 4, 2017

How do you weather wood?

KcAllison NewbyElizabeth Michels Pinizzotto


I want to be able to make some newer wood products look like it is really old and weathered. I want to make the yellow/orange tones of the wood more grey.

6 answers
  • Dysko7710
    on Oct 5, 2017

    I gave an aged look to plain wooden planks I bought at Home Depot by first painting them with a gray stain and then painting them with instant coffee. I made the instant coffee (strong) on the stove in a saucepan and painted it on my planks after the gray stain was dry, this was the result:

  • Sharon
    on Oct 5, 2017

    Minwax makes a pretty gray stain.
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  • Allison Newby
    Allison Newby
    on Oct 5, 2017

    Vinegar will turn it grey.
  • Kc
    on Oct 5, 2017

    Boy howdy do I have the perfect treatment. I just aged an unfinished new media stand and it was very easy. Stuff a wad of steel wool into a jar of vinegar and let it sit for a couple of days. You aren't waiting for it to rust, the liquid will turn cloudy grey. Brush or wipe it onto your wood surface and the wood turns to a brown color almost immediately. I got the recipe from the web site "A Piece of Rainbow" . (Sorry, I'm not sure how to link it)

    Play around with your application and have fun. With my media stand, I washed on a bluish grey paint first, then the vinegar. I finished by appling a frothy, whipped poli acrylic to sun heated wood ( I was working outside). The result is a very rough texture that looks like it came right out of a 150 year old barn.
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