One of the most frequent questions I have been asked since doing this is how to age things... this method works especially well on old cutting boards or hard wood... this does not work on soft pine
This is the board that I will be working on... note the colour now
I purchased this at a thrift store for a couple of dollars...
LET'S GET STARTED
put something down on your work surface this will get messy...
Tip: I use an old shower curtain as a drop sheet
give your board a light sanding to open up the pores
this is our secret weapon... Ebony (black) stain
apply the stain liberally with a sponge brush
let it soak in for a few minutes
Tip: put your board on a couple of scrap wood pieces to prevent pooling
it will also make staining the sides much easier
wipe excess stain off with a cotton rag
don't forget your rubber glove
after wiping the stain... hmmm doesn't look very aged to me... too perfect
now we get the big guns out... an old ice pick and hammer...
give the board a few whacks with the ice pick and hammer... this will depict worm holes... we are talking really old wood here people
add more stain on top of your holes... let it soak in for a bit
viola...now you have some authentic looking worm holes...
do this randomly over the whole board...
take a hammer and whack it all over with both the head and the claw part
restain - be sure to work the stain in the holes
Tip: I would normally do this first but for this tut I wanted to show you the difference with and without... consider this step frustration therapy
now let's have another look at the before
and the after... beat to death and restained
I also sanded the edges and anywhere you think it should have some wear and tear
close up... now doesn't that look much better than a plain ole boring board
let's try another one
a $2.00 thrift store find
using the same method as above... could you tell the difference between this and an antique one
I have seen these in antique shops as high as $45.00 for the old ones
I hope this answers your question on how to age wood
this is just one method but the easiest and quickest.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask I will be more than happy to help you.