Vintage Anything

6:00:00 AM

Many people ask about the
vinegar/steel wool solution I use
to age wood in my projects...

It's no secret, you can find
a zillion projects using it on 

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I put a piece of steel wool 
(after the soap is used up) 
into a mason jar then fill the jar with 
white vinegar.

After about 24 hours it is ready to 
paint your wood.

My favorite use is on crates.

When you cut reclaimed wood you get an end that doesn't match the gray wood. 

A little splash of the steel wool solution and it is magically aged to match the 
rest of the reclaimed crate.

I used it here...

and here...

and here...

and now here...

 I aged a set of children's blocks to sell on my Etsy shop
The aged distressed look
is great for Vintage Holiday Projects.

I made 2 sets and I'm keeping one...
Stay tuned!


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  1. Thanks for showing this effective technique with pictures of how the results look. It is clearly a great way to get aged wood, even if it isn't.

  2. I still need to try out that mixture!

  3. Remember the trouble I had getting my vinegar solution to "change" and it stayed clear forever and I didn't know what I did wrong? I figured it out. I missed the little "soap" tidbit and I used steel wool you buy at the lumber yard. Didn't know I just needed soem S.O.S.



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