Interior Decor: How To Get The Weather Wood Look

Interior Decor: How To Get The Weather Wood Look

Weathering wood is also called aging or distressing. It’s a process where new wood is made to look old or worn. Weathering wood is a good idea if you need to replace a piece of wood in an old structure with a new piece, or if you want to give an authentic feel to furniture or a wood surface.


Every weathering process has a unique goal, and that goal is to make new wood look like a specific piece of old, distressed wood.

The steps are:

1. Identify how you want your weathered wood to look. Take note of the colour and texture of the distressed wood you want to imitate. Take a picture of the old wood as reference or have it with you as a guide.

2. Modify the surface of the wood you have. There are several methods for doing this which vary in intensity and effect.

3. Scrub the surface of the wood with a stiff brush. Scrub with and against the grain until marks appear. This gives the wood a worn appearance. If the marks are not deep enough, try scrubbing with steel wool. Scrape the surface of the wood with nails and hammer nails into another piece of wood and drag these along the wood you’re aging to produce deep gashes and give the appearance of minor damage.

4. Spread small rocks over the surface of the wood, and stepping on the rocks with heavy boots, press them into the wood to give appearance of wood that has been exposed to the elements.

5. Make deeper marks and gashes using an awl or screwdriver to give the appearance of wood that’s been severely damaged.

6. Stain the wood with a simple wood stain to produce an even, solid colour that will need to be scrubbed or scraped again to make it look aged.

7. Make a homemade stain to closely approximate the silver colour of wood that has been aged outside. Popular methods include combining India ink and water, tea and vinegar, or other common household products. Paint this mixture onto the wood and let dry.

8. Paint the wood with common household paint.

9. Modify the colour of the wood. Choose a technique that will result in your new wood most closely resembling the colour of the distressed wood you are initiating.

10. Seal the wood to lock in whatever colouring you have chosen by applying wood sealer and then let the wood dry.

11. Scrape or scrub the wood again with a brush, steel wool, nails or other implements. This will reduce the finished look that applying stain or other colouring will give the wood.


A great DIY Wood Stain tutorial can be found on Cherished Bliss. They also do a tutorial on how to get the weather look here.

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