DIY Technique: How to make new wood look old with vinegar [Part 2]

Hi guys, well this is the second part of the DIY process where we were talking about how to make a new wood look old. You can get the task done by using vinegar too. Vinegar has been used for many purposes, including cooking and other household work.

Starting with the chemical composition, vinegar has almost 20% of acetic acid in it, along with water and trace amount of other chemicals. It helps with weight loss and is found to be effective in dealing with the diabetic condition as well.

How to make new wood look old with vinegar [Part 2]

Comparing both the methods; one with the baking soda and the other one using the vinegar – the former one gets the job done quickly while the vinegar DIY is a lengthy one. Time-Consuming as well, but still you could make the new wood look old even with the help of Vinegar.

Items required for the DIY- Vinegar, Steel Wool, one Jar, Sandpaper, Tea bags, Large Pot for making the tea solution.

How to make new wood look old with vinegar

Secondly, if you have got the Vinegar by your side, you will have to get a steel wool for the second DIY:

Step 1 

First, you have to create a vinegar and wool stain to get started. Have you tried mixing a steel wool and vinegar? Have you seen what actually happens with the steel wool? If you haven’t tried this yet, then you will have to perform this for this DIY process.

Wool will start dissolving with time when it starts reacting with the vinegar solution. Take a palm-sized steel wool in a jar. After this, pour a cup of vinegar on the wool. This solution should be kept as it is for about 72 hours. More the sitting duration, darker the solution will turn into.

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Step 2

The second step is to set the wood for the job. You have to make sure that the wood surface is fine and smooth for the task. Take a sandpaper, and start removing all the unwanted portion of the wood. It is important that you carry out this process as then only the vinegar+wool solution will be set properly on the wood.

If the amount of the stains are high on the wood piece, then you can make use of a palm sander in this case.

Step 3

After you are done with the sanding and finishing, you have to work with the tea solution. Take a large pot of water and then let it boil for a minute. After this, you have to add 5 black tea bags inside this boiling water. Thereafter, turn off the heat and let the tea steep into the water for about 15 minutes.

As you apply the tea solution on the wood, it won’t darken the wood as you may think. But it will give you a dark shade when the vinegar gets into the picture.

steel wool and vinegar

Step 4

Now its time to apply the vinegar and steel wool mix on the wood. This should be applied to the tea solution that was applied in the previous step. Apply long strokes through the wood lines, and apply it evenly on the wooden surface. After the solution is evenly applied to the surface, let the stain dry completely. Now if you want to get a darker shade on the wood, apply a second coating on the wood.

Step 5

If there is any excess wool on the wood, then get a rag and do the necessary cleaning. For this, you have to first immerse the rag in a cool water. Then take up the rag from the water, and remove the excess water from the rag. Simply rub the cloth on the surface, and remove out all the excess wool stain present on the surface.

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Step 6

This is the final step of the DIY process, where you have to apply the paste wax on the wood. This is just like any other protective layer for the wood surface. Follow the usage instructions as given on the package of the wax.

Comparing both the processes, the baking soda is a quick and effective solution. The vinegar process is a lengthy one and is also time-consuming compared to the other DIY method.

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DIY Technique: How to make new wood look old with Baking Soda [Part 1]

Baking soda, or the Sodium Bicarbonate has got a number of benefits. They help with neutralizing both the acids as well as alkaline compounds. I did some research on baking soda, and their uses – I was in total surprise!

You can actually turn your new wood look old with the help of this magic product. In this DIY post, I will be sharing you the complete step-by-step guide on how to get this job done with baking soda.

How to make new wood look old with Baking Soda [Part 1]

If you have got some baking soda at your home, then you can get the ‘turn new wood look old’ job done easily. This is a beginner’s guide, so will be explaining all the steps in detail for you. Shall we get started?

How to make new wood look old with Baking Soda

First, we will check out the Baking Soda method, and here’s how you have to do the task:

Step 1 

Take a bucket, and fill it with warm water. Now take a cup of baking soda completely filled in it, and pour it into the bucket. Mix this solution really well using a wooden spoon, till the entire soda has not dissolved in the water properly.

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Step 2

In the next step, you will need a brush for applying the solution onto the wood. Dip the brush completely into the solution, and then remove the excess liquid from the brush by shaking the brush. Now apply this dipped brush evenly on the wood surface. Place the wood in a sunny spot, and let the wood get dried entirely.

clean the wood surface

Step 3

After the coating gets dried, take up a clean cloth and wipe the surface of the wood. This part is important, as you have to remove out all the wood residues left on it. Immerse the cloth in the cold water, and then squeeze out all the excess water from it. Rub the cloth against the surface, until you get a smooth surface. Again wait for sometime till the wood gets dried completely.

This is how you can get a dusky and old look on a new piece of wood with the help of Baking Soda. Now we will check out on how to do this same result with the Vinegar solution.

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Beef Wellingtons

Recipe ingredients

1 lb beef tenderloin fillet
Salt and pepper
Canola, grapeseed, or olive oil
1 lb mushrooms (we used half cremini, half shiitake)
4 thin slices ham (Parma ham if you can get it) or prosciutto
2 Tbsp yellow mustard (we used Coleman’s Original English Mustard)
7 ounces puff pastry (needs 3 hours to defrost in refrigerator if using frozen)
2 egg yolks, beaten

Cooking Steps

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Heat a tablespoon or two of oil in a large pan on high heat. Season the fillet generously with salt and pepper. Sear the fillet in the pan on all sides until well browned (hint: do not move the fillet until it has had a chance to brown). Remove the fillet from the pan and let cool. Once cooled, brush the fillet on all sides with mustard.
  • Chop the mushrooms and put them into a food processor and purée. Heat a large sauté pan on medium high heat. Scrape the mushroom purée into the pan and let cook down, allowing the mushrooms to release their moisture. When the moisture released by the mushrooms has boiled away, set aside the mushrooms to cool.
  • Roll out a large piece of plastic wrap. Lay out the slices of ham on the plastic wrap so that they overlap. Spread the mushroom mixture over the ham. Place the beef fillet in the middle, roll the mushroom and ham over the fillet, using the plastic wrap so that you do this tightly. Wrap up the beef fillet into a tight barrel shape, twisting the ends of the plastic wrap to secure. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Serve your guest a delicious turkey, but you should take care while making turkey.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry sheet to a size that will wrap around the beef fillet. Unwrap the fillet from the plastic wrap and place in the middle of the pastry dough. Brush the edges of the pastry with the beaten eggs. Fold the pastry around the fillet, cutting off any excess at the ends (pastry that is more than 2 layers thick will not cook all the way, try to limit the overlap). Place on a small plate, seam side down, and brush beaten egg yolks all over the top. Chill for 5-10 minutes.
  • Place the pastry-wrapped fillet on a baking pan. Brush the exposed surface again with beaten eggs. Score the top of the pastry with a sharp knife, not going all the way through the pastry. Sprinkle the top with coarse salt. Bake for 25-35 minutes. The pastry should be nicely golden when done. (To ensure that your roast is medium rare, test with an instant read meat thermometer. Pull out at 125-130°F for medium rare.) Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing 1-inch slices (optional).