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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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