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How to make new wood look old

Make any wood look authentically aged with this simple technique
Active Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs
Keyword: antique, vintage, aged wood, wood frame
Cost: $0


  • Drill
  • Wire brush attachment
  • Orbital or detail sander
  • Planer
  • Jigsaw


  • Wood stool (or any wood piece)
  • Wood stain
  • Polyurethane or wax
  • Dark wax (optional)


  • Run your planer in random areas along the surface, creating irregular cuts and gashes
  • Make "saw marks" with the jigsaw by etching grooves across the surface, focusing on the ends/corners where wear would naturally occur
  • Use an orbital or detail sander to smooth down all of the rough and sharp edges
  • Run a wire brush (attached to a drill) across the entire surface of the wood to open up the grain
  • Stain the wood
  • Optional: use a dark wax to define the texture
  • Use polycrylic (or wax) to seal and protect the wood


If you enjoyed this look for less DIY, check out my DIY 'limestone' planter!
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