- Black Tea
- A brush
- some steel (steel wool, old rusty nails....)
(*the comic above is awful)
Step 1: Mix yourself a Rusty Nail.
Allow it to sit for about a day while you do the next step.
Delicious looking, no?
Step 2: Brew some black tea.
The tea will darken the wood a bit, giving it a nice golden color, but there is still one step to go.
Allow it to dry completely.
Step 3: I'll have my Rusty Nail on the blocks.
Take your brush again and brush your Vinegar/steel mixture over the wood. The tannin will react with the vinegar/steel mixture to oxidize the wood turning it grey before your eyes.
Now you can have that old wood look without that pesky old wood waiting.
If your wood doesn't look as old as you were hoping, repeat the steps.