Aging or Distressing New Wood- DIY – Part I ?>

Aging or Distressing New Wood- DIY – Part I

Happy Sunday! Today I did some exploring and experimenting with different processes to age or distress wood. There are several products that can be purchased to age new wood BUT what fun is that? Especially when you have a friend that not only wants to learn but wants to help. Thank you to my Dear Friend Cathy Cowles for helping me with this project!!

Over the next 2 days, I am going to share 5 processes  to age/distress new wood.  Below are the products you will require. All can be found in most grocery stores.


  • Instant Coffee- for the coffee aging process
  • Tea Bags- for the tea aging process
  • White Vinegar- for the 1st vinegar and steel wool process
  • Cider Vinegar- for the 2nd vinegar and steel wool process
  • Balsamic Vinegar- for the 3rd vinegar and steel wool process
  • Steel Wool

You will also require 3 seal-able containers and 2 containers of your choice. OMG, I almost forgot, you will need some wood… of your choice. We are using a skid that was delivered under some flooring. No matter what wood you are using, be sure to test a small section so you can see what your final product will be. You will also want to keep in mind that different woods will react differently to these processes.


The tools required for this job are really up to you. “You pretty much need to beat the wood into submission. LOL, just kidding”. Cathy and I used the  tools to the right to mark up our skid. Yup, we pretty much raided Bill’s shed :-). We then worked the wood until we felt it was sufficiently “distressed”.


coffee tea before and after


The 1st two processes are pretty simple, we boiled the kettle and made 2 cups of strong tea(2 cups of water/2 teabags) and 2 cups of strong coffee(2 cups water/2 heaping tbsp instant coffee).  We set the skid up outside and labelled our 1st two rungs.

The coffee and tea were applied using a sponge brush.  At first it appeared that the coffee and tea were really going to affect the wood colour, however after a few hours, the coffee showed a little change in colour and the tea had no affect at all. I will apply a 2nd coat tomorrow when I apply the 3 vinegar methods. The 1st picture below shows the wood at application time. The 2nd picture below shows the dried wood.

tea coffee applied

tea and coffee dry

Stay tuned for tomorrows article where I will share the vinegar/steel wool methods. EnJOY.

“The Wood Song”- Indigo Girls




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