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You Will Need
- A solid piece of quality wood
- A chain, a rock, or keys
- Strong, cold coffee or tea
- Dirt or coffee grounds
- Wood stain
- Lye (optional)
- Safety gear (optional)
Distress the wood
Distress the wood by beating the surface with a chain, rock, keys, or other implement that will scar the surface.
Sand the wood lightly to smooth any rough spots.
Brush on coffee or tea
Brush on coffee or tea with a paintbrush to add a patina to the wood surface. Aged wood typically has dark spots from handling and air exposure.
Rub in dirt or coffee grounds
Rub dirt or coffee grounds into the wood surface once it has dried completely. This further accentuates the distressed areas in the wood.
Brush on stain
Brush on wood stain with a clean paintbrush.
Brush on lacquer
Apply a coat of lacquer using a clean paintbrush after allowing stain to dry completely. The lacquer seals the wood and gives a finished look.