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??

Aging and distressing natural wood

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 decorative (corbels)

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.

I had no clue what I was going to do with them. My first thought was to use them in the kitchen under my island.  That didn’t work out. 

oh well, now what?

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 looked around the house as to where exactly I could now put them up.

I found the perfect place leading into our hallway.

It really was quite that simple of a process.


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.


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.


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.

Thanks for stopping over today. If you are not a regular, I sure would love to have you come back again.






  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

  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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