This time we will deal with a topic related to wood working. Not once and twice have we found it certain that our boards could look a bit … older. Normal thing. Very often, handcraft products created on old-looking substrates look amazing, while ordinary new boards are not able to reflect the magic of our work. To make life easier for those who need some advice, I present 7 examples of activities related to aging of wood. Their detailed descriptions will be in the future on the blog with examples presenting effects and step by step instructions. Meanwhile, short characteristics.


1. Brushing

This method allows the wood to have a distinct character. It allows you to highlight its structure by enhancing the grain and knots drawing. For this we use a regular wire brush or a brush to attach to the drill. Undoubtedly, the second option will allow you to get results faster, but we can control the first one more. It is necessary when working with this wood aging method, and actually at the end, to thoroughly clean the dust that has deposited in the created grooves.


Wood aging - brushing


2. Wiping (sanding)

The basic version of this method is related to applying two paints to the wood surface. Their colors should be contrasting with each other for a better effect. The first of the paints can be applied over the entire surface, however if it is large or we do not have enough paint, it is enough in selected places – we wait for the paint to dry. The situation is different with the second paint – here it is necessary to cover the entire surface. After the second paint has dried, we grasp coarse-grained sandpaper and carry out leaks. The harder we rub, the deeper we will enter the prepared structure. It is common that as a result of friction we will reach raw wood – very good! This will give additional character to our work. Finally, remember to clean the top layer of wood.


Wood aging - sanding


3. Whitening with paint or wax

Covering wood with white paint or wax gives the wood an amazing look. Gently cool, mysterious, but also rustic character. In the case of paint, you can even use acrylic ones, but it is worth thinning them out. When applying it to wood, remember to brush along the grain, so that we highlight their structure. In places, we can distribute the paint more, which will create a multi-layer impression. In the case of wax, we can enjoy the fact that we will deal with two issues at the same time – we will paint the wood and preserve it.


Wood aging - whitening


4. Patination

Another technique involves alternating layers of paint (but not only) to prepare a previously (cleaned) surface. One of the possibilities to implement this technique is to apply wood stains of dark shade (ebony, rosewood, walnut) first. Then apply to the prepared substrate (after the stain dries) contrasting paint. The next layer is made of colorless wax, which in turn can be additionally covered with colored wax in a different color to earlier colors. By applying individual layers of different thickness we will create a characteristic impression of multi-color and punching different colors through ourselves.




5. Making holes and grooves

There is probably no simpler method of aging the wood. In this case, we can work with a chisel, knife, center punch, but also with a hammer and nails or screws. It is about marking marks on the wood surface in the form of holes, depressions, grooves, scratches. However, it is worth maintaining moderation and doing it with caution, because excess of such blemishes will certainly not work well for our piece of wood.


Holes and grooves



6. Graying

This wood aging method requires prior wood preparation. For this we will need: apple cider vinegar and steel wool (I also add rusty nails myself). We put the wool in a jar. It is the best solution, because we will have a preview of what is happening inside. Then put the whole aside for a while. How much the solution will “weigh” depends on us – the longer, the darker its color will be. when we think it is satisfactory for us, then we put on gloves, unscrew the jar (I warn you, the smell may not be too interesting) and apply the liquid to the wood. You can do this with a cloth, brush or wool from inside the jar (if it is still there). Thanks to this, wood takes on a darker color, while enhancing the grain pattern.


Wood aging - graying


7. Shou sugi ban

The old Japanese wood preservation technique. It works very well as a way to age it. In this case, you will need a gas burner – it can be a large lance or a small burner for tourist cartouches. It all depends on what we have and how much wood we have to sunbathe. The entire operation should be performed in the correct order. Firstly, treat the wood with fire from the burner. The longer we do this, the deeper we penetrate the wood structure. Next step is brushing wood to get rid of soot, heavily burned fragments and ash. The third step is washing wood. In this way we get rid of the dirt. When the wood dries, we apply oil or wax to the surface for finishing.


Wood aging - shou sugi ban


Of course, this is not all existing. I guarantee that over time, other equally interesting ones will appear here. However, I found these to be easy to carry out. At the same time it will give amazing results. And which method did you like the most? Or maybe you would like to suggest using a different wood aging? – let me know in the comments.



Best wishes!