The Art of Antiquing & Distressing Wood

The Art of Antiquing & Distressing Wood

Sometimes a new wood project or a brand new piece of furniture can get an uplift by making it look old. Antiquing or distressing a piece of wood or furniture piece can instantly change the mood of a piece and add one-of-a-kind character. There are a number of ways to approach antiquing wood. One instant way is to artistically distress the wood.

Distress Wood Technique #1: Beat it up

One wood distressing tactic to consider is "beating up" your wood. You can use a variety of tools in untraditional ways to do this. For instance, use a hammer without hammering any nails into wood to make small divots in the wood. Use the other end of the hammer to make an interesting hatch-like distressed mark in wood. Or try pounding a heavy metal chain onto the wood to create uneven marks as well. This is meant to create a look of natural wear and tear of a piece as if it was 100 years old.

Distress Wood Technique #2: Sand it

Another great way to distress wood is to sand off areas of a cleanly painted wood surface revealing the wood below. You can use wood stain to create some great antique looking details as well. Rub wood stain on a painted surface adds a subtle vintage feel. Try unevenly applying stain to an unpainted surface as well. You can also layer different colors of paint, and then sand off different areas for an antique effect.

Knowing how to age an item can turn a brand new piece of wood or furniture into an antique looking work of art. With a little practice and artistic flair, you will soon be a master at antiquing and distressing your own wood and creating beautifully aged one-of-a-kind pieces.