Vintage Anything

Many people ask about the aging solution I use
on my projects.
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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.

Check out these projects...
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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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife of 28 years, the mother of 4 daughters, and the grandmother of 4 grandsons. I am a DIY Blogger and a part time PreK teacher.


  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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