Antiquing Plywood


Antique wood tells a story with its worn corners and scratched surfaces, but you often must pay a pretty penny for that story. Distressing new plywood to look antique will save you money and give you something that fits your personal style. Antiquing plywood to use in a decorative piece or as part of a piece of furniture, such as a table top or headboard, can give you a very convincing antique look that will have your friends asking where you bought such a fine antique.

Things You'll Need

  • Medium to large gravel
  • Rubber mallet
  • Nail
  • Can of compressed air
  • Drop cloth
  • Latex or nyplex gloves
  • Gel wood stain
  • Paint brush or lamb’s wool
  • Rag
  • Satin polyurethane
  • Spread medium-size to large gravel pieces on a flat surface. Lay a piece of plywood on top of the gravel, and walk on the plywood to press it into the gravel. Pick up the plywood and brush off the gravel.

  • Lay the plywood on a flat surface, marked side up. Poke small holes into the wood by hitting a nail with a rubber mallet to resemble wormholes.

  • Clean out the gouges and holes with a can of compressed air. Dust off the wood to remove any debris.

  • Place the plywood on a drop cloth. Put on a pair of latex or nyplex gloves. Brush the entire surface with a medium- to dark-colored gel wood stain using a paint brush or piece of lamb’s wool. Remove excess stain with a clean, dry rag. Allow the stain to dry according to the manufacturer’s directions.

  • Use a paintbrush to cover the surface of the plywood with satin polyurethane. Allow the stain to dry according to the manufacturer’s directions.

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