Sorry about getting a little behind on this one. Here is Part II of Aging or Distressing New Wood – DIY. Sunday’s article dealt with the 1st 2 wood aging processes, being tea and coffee. Today’s article will cover the remaining 3 aging options, White Vinegar, Cider Vinegar & Balsamic Vinegar. We started 72 hours ago by mixing 2 cups of each vinegar with 1 piece of steel wool in 3 separate sealable containers. The pictures below will show the 3 containers with the vinegar in the 1st collage, than the 3 containers with the vinegar and steel wool in the 2nd collage.
We left the containers to “stew” for 48 hours. As you can see, they are not pretty. Before the stain could be applied, 2 cups of water was added to each container. This creates a lot of stain. The cost is so much lower than purchasing stain. 2 cups of vinegar- $.50, 1 steel wool ball- $.25. Pretty inexpensive for 4 cups of stain!! Not to mention how quickly it aged the wood.
Next step was to go back outside and apply the “stain”.
As you can see in the video, it goes on very easy. The strangest part was that the white vinegar had the biggest effect on the bare wood. Below is a pic from hours after the vinegar/steel wool stains were applied. This has been a very interesting experiment with shocking results. I am told the longer you leave the solutions in the containers, the darker the stains will become. Who knew that aging new wood could be so easy.