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Aging and Weathering Wood with Vinegar

Trade Secret Alert! One of Jeremy’s favorite techniques is to age and weather wood using vinegar and steel wool. The vinegar reacts beautifully with the tannin acids that are in the wood to create a natural aging effect. This stylistic technique can be showcased in many formats: dining room table, cabinets, dressers, mirror frames, end tables, etc.  It gives an amazing reclaimed wood and patina effect perfect for many styles of homes including farmhouse, shabby chic, French country, mid century modern and traditional designs.

In this 2 minute video we will show you how to age and weather wood beautifully using these 2 common household items: vinegar and steel wool.

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Step 1: Watch this quick 2 minute video for full details on how to age and weather wood with 2 easy-to-get materials.

Step 2: Get some vinegar – whatever you can find at your local hardware or grocery store. Any basic vinegar will work.  We chose cleaning vinegar to demonstrate it for you.

Step 3: Buy steel wool. We like Grade #0000 because it’s the softest.

Put one pad of steel wool into one gallon of vinegar. Let sit for 1-2 hours or longer for a deeper concentration of aging mixture. Test an area and see if you like the color. As Jeremy explains in the video, you can let it soak overnight for a stronger effect. If you do that and don’t like it you can always add more vinegar to lessen the intensity. Also, if you leave it soak together for longer it will rust and give you a rust color. We suggest letting it sit for an hour and test it and let it soak longer as you desire a deeper intensity.

It’s literally that easy!  Experiment with it today and enjoy this simple technique to achieve an amazing aged weathered wood finish.

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