How to Age and Distress Wooden Decor

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How to Age and Distress Wooden Decor
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Prepare your wooden object. Clean it if it is dirty, sand it if it is too polished, or feel free to prime.

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Paint a thin base coat on your wooden object. I wanted mine to look rotten/mossy underneath. You want to choose a color that contrasts your top coat. Let dry.

Paint a thin base coat on your wooden object. I wanted mine to look rotten/mossy underneath. You want to choose a color that contrasts your top coat. Let dry.

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Paint on your crackle medium. This stuff looks like spit but dries quickly and shiny. Let sit in dry area for at least 2 hours.

Paint on your crackle medium. This stuff looks like spit but dries quickly and shiny. Let sit in dry area for at least 2 hours.

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Paint on top coat. I noticed the areas with thinner paint seemed to crackle better.

Paint on top coat. I noticed the areas with thinner paint seemed to crackle better.

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Let dry.

Let dry.

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It will begin to crackle as it dries. Cool, huh?

It will begin to crackle as it dries. Cool, huh?

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Wear a mask. Sand down edges and corners that would naturally wear. This takes some patience, not brute force. If you push hard you will sand through your base coat, which may look nice in some spots.

Wear a mask. Sand down edges and corners that would naturally wear. This takes some patience, not brute force. If you push hard you will sand through your base coat, which may look nice in some spots.

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Sand thicker areas.

Sand thicker areas.

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Where my wood showed through, I used a wood stain pen of darker color to age my wood. (see next)

Where my wood showed through, I used a wood stain pen of darker color to age my wood. (see next)

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Then taking the paint dust on my hands

Then taking the paint dust on my hands

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I quickly smudged the wood stain with paint dust so it blended well.

I quickly smudged the wood stain with paint dust so it blended well.

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Another example....

Another example....

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After

After

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Sand corners then dust out paint bits.

Sand corners then dust out paint bits.

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Use stain in corners and blend with sponge.

Use stain in corners and blend with sponge.

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Wipe down really well after sanding

Wipe down really well after sanding

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Brush dust out of corners

Brush dust out of corners

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Add oil finish of your choice. I recommend oil finish because it will naturally yellow over time adding to the aged look of your piece.

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Finished.

Finished.

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Details.

Details.

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More details

More details

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Hanging

Hanging

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