How to Age a Fence Using Water & Baking Soda


Fences provide a secure place for children and pets to play and are also attractive additions to any backyard. A redwood or cedar fence will darken with age overtime, which gives it a beautiful weathered appearance. The use of baking soda, which interacts with the acids found on the wood, is a much faster way to give fences a weathered look without the use of chemicals.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • Plastic bucket
  • 1 gallon warm water
  • Paint brushes
  • Wood sealant
  • Pour 1 cup baking soda into a plastic bucket.

  • Add 1 gallon warm water and stir the contents until the baking soda is well incorporated in the water.

  • Dip a paintbrush into the mixture. Hold the brush over the bucket for three to five seconds to allow liquid to drain from the bristles.

  • Paint the side of the fence that faces your property with the mixture, paying attention that each slat is completely covered, which will give a more uniform appearance.

  • Paint the other side of the fence, if desired.

  • Allow the fence to dry for 12 to 24 hours. Inspect each individual slat and cover any bare spots with the baking soda mixture. Allow any touch-ups to dry for at least one hour.

  • Cover the fence with a layer of protecting sealant to protect the wood against the elements. Use a paint brush or sprayer to apply it in a single, even coat.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use an airless sprayer or hand-pump sprayer to cover the fence with the baking soda mixture to save time or if there is a lot of fence surface to cover.

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