How to Make Wood Look Old With Baking Soda

If you repair a piece of antique furniture using newly fabricated wood, the new wood won't match the old wood. As time goes by, wood goes through a process called aging, which is how it gets a weathered look. Placing new, unaged wood next to wood that has already aged will create a contrast of mismatched colors. Before placing new wood next to old wood, age it with baking soda. Using baking soda on new wood gives it a weathered appearance that should resemble the look of older wood.

Rinse the wood thoroughly so the baking soda solution doesn't leave behind any white residue.

Step 1

Fill a bucket with 1 lb. of baking soda. Add 1 gal. water. Mix the water with a spoon until the baking soda dissolves.

Step 2

Brush the solution onto the wood with a paint brush. Coat the entire surface of the wood.

Step 3

Lay the wood in direct sunlight for five hours.

Step 4

Rinse the wood with water. Let the wood dry.

Step 5

Repeat until the wood is aged to the color and look for your desire.

Rob Kemmett

Rob Kemmett began writing professionally in 2010 and specializes in writing about food and hospitality. Kemmett has worked in various fine-dining restaurants throughout his career and holds an Associate of Applied Science in Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago.