In this tutorial I’ll show you how to naturally age new wood with vinegar and steel wool. In just a couple of minutes, new wood will look old, grey and weathered like old barn wood.
- strong black tea brew
- DIY iron liquor
Make a strong black tea solution: Steep 1 tbsp black tea leaves in 250ml boiling water for 5 minutes. Black tea contains tannin. Tannin reacts with iron producing a grey to black wood stain. If you’re using tannin-rich wood, such as oak, it’s not necessary to paint the wood with tea, just paint the wood with iron liquor.
Paint the wood with the strong tea solution.
Then paint the wood with DIY iron liquor. Just after some seconds the wood begins to turn black.
Strong tea + iron liquor makes wood very black, almost like charred wood.
While weak tea + iron liquor makes wood rather brown than black or grey.
Freshly stained wood looks black and streaky, but once the wood is dry, it looks like weathered wood: grey and no longer streaky.
As soon as the wood is dry, you can sand the stained wood again.
I used the distressed and stained wood to make a picture frame for a heart shaped river rock.