Make new wood look old with wood rasps, hammer, screws and nails. The following are my favorite techniques of how to distress wood. Create a faux driftwood look, rotten wood, dents, scratches and faux worm holes.
How To Distress Wood
Faux Driftwood Look
Use a wood rasp to make ridges and grooves. Work with the grain of the wood.
You can also use a screw instead of a wood rasp.
Hit the wood with a hammer to make dents. You can also beat the edges of the board.
Faux Worm Holes
To create faux worm holes, hammer a nail into the wood. Concentrate the worm holes in one spot for a natural look.
Using a screw scrape across the grain of the wood for a slightly rotten look.
More Dents & Nicks
Hammer a screw into the wood for an interesting look.
You can also hammer a nailhead into the wood.
For another distinct effect, which I really liked after staining the wood, drag a round wood rasp across the grain of the wood.
After distressing the wood, use sandpaper to make the wood smooth again. Then stain the wood with tea and homemade vinegar-steel wool-solution.