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’ve come up with 3 easy (REALLY EASY!) steps to make new wood look old.
Wanna know how we do it?
It’s really easy, I promise!
Step 1: Sand all the roughness out of the new wood. Round the edges a wee little bit to make them look worn.
Step 2. Use whatever you like to add dings and dents. Hammer, keys, chain. Be sure to smash up the edges too.
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. By using a brush, the stain really sinks into the dents & dings, making them nice and dark.
That’s it! Not complicated, not too messy, pretty crazy easy!!!
How do YOU make new wood look old?