Let wood age artificially - for a noble antique look

Aged wood surfaces give a room a good deal more comfort, through artificial patination get wood furniture also a noble antique look. Aged wood has a dark, rich color, it also has signs of wear and sometimes wormholes. Imitate the aging process with stain or a gas burner - and add artificial signs of wear.

Aging wood using stain

The dark discoloration of aged wood can be imitated wonderfully with the help of stain. A variety of chemical stains and Farbbeizen is available for this, so that many different shades can be achieved. This is how pickling works:

  • Wear protective gloves.
  • Try on a sample the color effect of your stain.
  • Thoroughly clean the surface of the wood to be treated, remove all paint.
  • Remove any hardware or tape it off.
  • Roughen the wood surface lightly with sandpaper and remove the dust. - If necessary, seal the end grain surfaces with shellac.
  • Apply the stain evenly with a sponge or brush in the direction of the grain.
  • Let stain stand briefly and wipe off again before drying.

Since the stain penetrates the wood and does not remain as a layer on the surface, your piece of furniture does not look "painted" after this treatment, but rather naturally aged. In addition, the grain is completely re-emphasized.

Let the wood age by flaming

The patination of wood surfaces with the burner works particularly fast. The effect of the heat causes the material to turn dark - however, in order to obtain a uniform result, it is necessary to work in a concentrated and rapid manner. Here is our quick guide:

  • Remove all fittings.
  • Clean the wood and remove all old paint.
  • Practice flaming first on a sample surface.
  • Flame the surfaces evenly.
  • Let the wood cool down.
  • If necessary, work the surface with a fine brass wire brush.

Trace signs of wear on wood

In order to age wood effectively, it is also advisable to apply some artificial signs of wear. This should be done before treatment with stain or before flaming. Position the traces of wear in the appropriate places.

Fill a bag with heavy pieces of iron and hit it on the wooden surface. With a small hand drill, add wormholes, always in small clumps.

You can also sandpaper the "frequently touched" areas to round edges and simulate straightening due to mechanical stress. After pickling or flaming, you can still apply paint splashes or simulate old paint residues.

Tips & Tricks

At the end of the treatment, coat your old new piece of furniture with an antique wax polish. This ensures care and protection, but also for a refined look that makes color differences clearer.

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