How to Age Wood

It's easy to age wood with common household items.

You will need

  • A solid piece of quality wood
  • A chain
  • a rock
  • or keys
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrushes
  • Strong
  • cold coffee or tea
  • Dirt or coffee grounds
  • Wood stain
  • Lacquer
  • Lye (optional)
  • Safety gear (optional)

Step 1 Distress the wood Distress the wood by beating the surface with a chain, rock, keys, or other implement that will scar the surface.

Step 2 Sand wood Sand the wood lightly to smooth any rough spots.

Step 3 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.

Step 4 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.

Step 5 Brush on stain Brush on wood stain with a clean paintbrush.

Step 6 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.