Do you like the look of old, weathered wood but just don't have the 10 years to wait? Do it quickly with simple household items; don't wait, do it now!

- Black Tea
- Vinegar
- A brush
- some steel (steel wool, old rusty nails....)

(*the comic above is awful)
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sing_anyway2 years ago
I love this idea. I wasn't actually looking for how to do this, I just enjoyed your other ibles and was checking out the rest. I love your sense of humor even in the step titles, thanks for making stuff I wasn't even looking for both fun and interesting!
Justin Tyler Tate (author)  sing_anyway2 years ago
Thank you so much!
lazyoaks2 years ago
Thanks for this idea, I'll be using this one for sure
Dr. P2 years ago
No, the comic is excellent! So is the idea. I'm gonna use this...
marc.sustins3 months ago
How well do you think would work with this. Top is different wood
wonderbrett4 months ago
Love the header image.
Al Lamaj6 months ago

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Adding Hydrogen Peroxide will speed up the rusting process significantly

kpomerleau8 months ago

Great job and thanks for the tip.

No before and after?
antioch2 years ago
I find the comic very unsettling and discriminating towards young wood. It encourages violating it even against it's explicit wish. Please censor the critical sections.
LifeWarrior2 years ago
Nice trick, have to give this a try with my firing technique, see what kind of rich grain aged wood look I can get, Very cool thanks for posting
bajablue2 years ago
Bleach and water ages wood beautifully, too. I also like how you aged the nails.

Great work! (and the comic is too cute!)
Justin Tyler Tate (author)  bajablue2 years ago
But bleach and water will give the wood a look as if it had been sitting out in the sun for a long time, yes? Thanks!
Bleach + water, versus vinegar + iron oxide. Bleach has eaten away my wood before, certainly it was too strong. Will the vinegar eat it away also, or is the vinegar less harsh?
Justin Tyler Tate (author)  DIY-Guy2 years ago
Bleech eats any organic materials down to nothing. The vinegar is already diluted so it will age the wood but not eat it away; it just allows the wood to oxidize as it does naturally with age.
Straight bleach, yes. Diluted bleach, NO. And it works a LOT FASTER than vinegar.
If the bleach ate away at your wood, you didn't dilute the bleach solution enough.

Yes. ;-)
Great, i registered because of this...

Just a question; what is the wood, is that pine?

Did you ever try it on oak?

Thanks, yes your commic is bad, only the last scene reveals some talent :-)
Justin Tyler Tate (author)  BG_instructs2 years ago
Yes, that wood is pine, different woods age differently and so you will get a different look from oak. I expect you would end up with a warm grey using this on oak.
warehouse322 years ago
This is surprisingly simple...great for a quick project!
Winged Fist2 years ago
Love the comic and the cocktail... Can't wait to see the whole tiki-bar;-)
artworker2 years ago
Interesting! will have to try this.