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.
13 thoughts on “How To Distress Wood – Tutorial”
Exploring around a bit further than just the food parts… I live in a log home, and to be able to distress wood this effortlessly and have it look great… I’m game to try it out!
Thanks for stopping by! 😀 I’m glad you found it useful!
Nice way to make the fake worm holes, never thought about that. Found you on Blogger’s Pit Stop Link Party.
Thanks, Candy! 🙂
Wow! I’ve never ‘distressed’ wood before. But this gives me hope that I could do it! Thanks so much for sharing at Party in Your PJs link party!
Thank you so much, Nina!
This is great! I love that you share multiple different ways of distressing the wood (and clearly label them). I can’t wait to find some wood to try this out on. Thanks for sharing your tips with us at Merry Monday this week!
thanks for sharing I can see these tips coming in with great use in the future
Thank you, Angie!