How to Make Wood Look Old in 3 Simple Steps

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We adore reclaimed wood. At least how it looks. Not so much the price. You see, we don’t live near an abundant source of old barn wood. And what is found near us is definitely not cheap.

So we’re going to show you how to make wood look old in 3 simple steps!

how to make wood look old How to Make Wood Look Old in 3 Simple Steps

We used this method at our Bungalow on the shelves we installed above our desk for our home office space makeover.
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Paired with the black iron brackets, don’t the shelves look a little antique or vintage?

We also employed this same process on our open kitchen shelving and our Restoration Hardware look shelves.

kitchen open shelves How to Make Wood Look Old in 3 Simple Steps

kitchen pantry open shelves How to Make Wood Look Old in 3 Simple Steps

Wanna know how we do it?

It’s really easy, I promise!

How To Make Wood Look Old

Supplies:

  • wood 
  • palm sander
  • hammer, nails, keys, etc
  • Minwax dark walnut stain
  • paint brush
  • link free rag

Instructions:

Step 1: Sand all the roughness out of the new wood. Round the edges a little bit to make them look worn and loved.

1 sanded new pine boards How to Make Wood Look Old in 3 Simple Steps

Step 2. Use whatever you like to add dings and dents. Hammer, keys, chain. Be sure to smash up the edges too.

2 wood aging tools How to Make Wood Look Old in 3 Simple Steps

Step 3: Use a super dark stain (with grey undertones, not yellow/orange) like Minwax Dark Walnut. The secret here is to apply the stain with a brush, let it sit for several minutes, then gently wipe off the excess with an old (lint-free) rag.

3 staining wood How to Make Wood Look Old in 3 Simple Steps

By using a brush, the stain really sinks into the dents & dings, making them nice and dark.

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That’s it! Not complicated, not too messy, pretty crazy easy!!!

Do you have any projects you’d like to tackle using new wood – while making it look old? Do you use this same method? If not, how do YOU make new wood look old?

 

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Comments

    • aka design says

      Thanks Amy! I love the dark walnut so much that I’ve only used it Special Walnut and Puritan Pine. :)

    • aka design says

      We typically use the cheapie pine or spruce from Home Depot or Lowe’s. But you can use the laminated project panels if you want a smoother finish – it won’t look quite as ‘authentic’ though.

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