Sometimes, the new parts need a little help or they just don't work. Today, I'll show you how to age wood for those rare occasions when you need to accent old wood pieces with a little new wood. Here's the example I'll be using today:
|Coca-Cola Pet Bed|
Enter Craftaholics Anonymous! I found this fabulous tutorial that worked like a charm. This very simple technique works differently on different types of wood so be sure to check out the tutorial to see how each looks.
Here's how I did mine. I grabbed a glass jar from the recycle bin and stuffed it with a piece of steel wool. Then filled the jar with white vinegar, enough to cover the steel wool, and let it sit covered for 24 hours.
Then I boiled up some tea and painted it onto the wood feet, I just dunked the feet into a cup of tea. It doesn't need to be soaked, this step is not meant to color the wood. You just want to make sure that the wood is coated with the tea's tannic acid for the next step.
Once the tea is dry, paint on the vinegar. You'll see a little change in the color right away but it will continue to darken over the next half hour or so.
Once my bed feet had dried, I wanted to beat them up a bit more. So I wrapped them in an old T-shirt and twisted it closed then pounded them on the driveway over and over again. Then I took a hammer to them (while still tightly wound in the T-shirt). I know you can't see the texture in the picture but it really does add to the overall effect making the feet look as though they've been there all along.
If this is too dark for your project you can soak your feet in tea or coffee. It's a slight change, but sometimes that's all you need. Adding varnish or lacquer will enhance the color a little more. Like here:
|Pet Bed Made from a Vintage Drawer|
Pet beds aren't the only use for this neat little trick. I have a pallet or two out in the yard just begging for this treatment. How about you? Do you have a project that needs a little age?