To age new wood to a natural silvery gray, to grey-brown or black patina (depending on the wood ), let a small piece of steel wool (or a few non-galvanized nails) sit overnight in ordinary white vinegar, then dilute the vinegar solution 1 to 1 with water. (If you used 1/4 cup of vinegar, add 1/4 cup of water.)
Soak some steel wool in white vinegar for a few hours or a few days – the longer it steeps, the darker the aged effect will be. Fill the jar with the steel wool and vinegar, the measurements don’t have to be precise. Use 0000 steel wool (shown here) so it breaks down even faster in the vinegar.
paste wax will give wood antique look Once the stain has dried completely, rub tung oil into the wood , and let it dry overnight. For a final touch, rub a coat of paste wax into the wood with extra-fine steel wool.
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The process is easy: Pull apart steel wool and submerge in container of vinegar for 10 hours or more. Steep tea for 1 hour (any temperature water will do) Brush steeped tea onto bare wood , ensure complete saturation – let dry completely. Brush vinegar + steel wool solution into tea -saturated wood .