How To Make Wood Look Old For An Even More Rustic Look

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Want to know how to make wood look old? If you work on a lot of woodworking projects, distressing wood is an important skill you should master. Find out how to distress wood with this easy to follow tutorial.

How To Make Wood Look Old | Distressing A Wood

Blending new wood right along with reclaimed wood is a big part of my job, and I love the challenge. When I am building a piece using both new and reclaimed wood, it is crucial that the new wood does not stick out like a sore thumb. Fortunately, there are simple ways how to make wood look old and below are my favorites.

1. Beat The Wood With Blunt Object

What you’ll need:

  • Wood File
  • Paint Can Opener
  • Nail Hole Punch
  • Chain
  • Rocks
  • Wood burner
  • Fork

Directions: The first step to making new wood look old is taking things around your kitchen and garage to replicate the markings of use over years and years. Old reclaimed wood has all sorts of really cool ways of showing its age: saw blade marks, rusted nail holes, worm trails, hardware imprints, anything that tells the story of its life, so to speak. Our task is to recreate those stories.

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