How to age and distress natural wood

How to age and distress natural wood.

Ok, so now I am an expert.  What, you didn’t know that??

2013 is my year baby!

I will be an expert on all things in the world,

huh, that is what I tell my family, I KNOW everything:)

While browsing {shopping} in Lowe’s hardware one day, I saw these plain wooden brackets.

We have all seen them before and they are used several different accent ways.

I picked up two and threw in my cart.

They were only $10.00 each.

{not sure why the heck this pic is so small}

oh well, you get the gist

I decided to paint them white at first. I used Valspar doors and trim paint.

Then I decided the white was too plain so I got out some dark wax.

I thought I was going to use them in our kitchen, then quickly realized I had no place they would fit or look proper.

 I looked around, and came up with this.

It really was quite that simple of a process.

FIRST:

Paint white, let dry.

Use dark wax of choice,  brushed on, and I wiped as I went.

Let dry

 Age and distressed using sand paper..grit of your choice.  I used a very coarse one so the white would peek through.

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It’s always a good day when your husband says, “hey that looks good’!

Gee thanks Mike, glad you approve!

Funny story with the lighting. We found this piece at a local antique store for $10.00.

SCORE!

The other one, we found in South Beach, Florida, and that was our first one that we had purchased to compliment the Spanish retablo.

History of the Spanish Retablo

You may want to read about the piece.

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Comments

  1. says

    Those look great Debbie! How funny, I have 2 metal ones that I’m debating whether to leave as is or paint white…I’m veering toward leaving them as is. I saw this thing Pinterest (haha, story of my life!) where you can age new wood by rubbing apple cider vinegar on it…I’m too scared to try it though!

  2. says

    Happy New Year, Debbie Dear! Oh, you’re just the best! Your little brackets look fantastic and I love where you hung them. You didn’t have to tell me. I already knew you knew everything! :)
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. says

    You did amazing,these look fantastic,looks great with your decor.
    Gurl how do you find the time to do “all” you do.
    btw how did you attach?
    ~Jo @ LoblollyLane
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  4. Rita says

    Debbie i tried this exact technique on some old antique windows & cant seem to get the walnut wax to dry?
    Any suggestions?

    • says

      Hi Rita, I just emailed you but I will also respond here. I noted I wiped the wax in as I went a long. Your paint needs to be completely dried before you apply the wax. It will dry eventually, it has to:)

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