How to Age Wooden Beams With Stain

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Wood that appears to be aged has become a popular choice for some homeowners and vintage furniture lovers. Because of the long period of time it may take for wood to look distressed, different techniques are used to give wood and aged look instantly, such as sand blasting, beating and staining. You cannot age wood with stain alone, however, but adding stain to a wooden beam after distressing it with other materials can give the wood an old weathered look.

Things You'll Need

  • Hammer
  • Medium to large glass jars
  • 1 or more gallons of white vinegar
  • 1 or more bags of very fine steel wool
  • 1 box of dark tea bags (for example, black tea)
  • Sandpaper
  • Rags
  • Wood stain
  • Beat the wooden beam with a hammer or another heavy tool if you desire an extremely distressed look.

  • Combine the white vinegar, fine steel wool and tea bags in the glass jar. Make sure you fill the jar with vinegar. Close the lid on the jar and allow it to cure for two days. You will need at least a gallon of vinegar for a small size room and more for a very large room such as a living room. Depending on the size of the room, 1 bag of steel wool is enough; 2 or 3 bags are needed for larger rooms. Add 2 tea bags per large jar.

  • Sand the wooden beam. Take the steel wool out of the glass jar and scrub the beam with the steel wool. Wipe the wooden beam with a rag.

  • Use rags to wipe the wood again to get rid of any steel wool fibers.

  • Apply wood stain to the wood with a rag. Wipe it on in a circular motion. Use a dry rag to wipe away enough stain so that the shade varies in different areas of the wood giving it a more aged look.

Tips & Warnings

  • This technique works well to age pine, maple, oak, walnut and mahogany. Results may vary on other types of wood, so do a test on a small piece of wood before completing an entire room.

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