A Simple Hack to Make New Wood Look Old

Season 7 Episode 707
Aired on 11/11/2017 | CC tv-pg
Reclaimed wood is a gorgeous addition to a home, but you can achieve that rustic vibe remarkably easily—using new lumber—with this technique from carpenter James Worsham.

1. Create ebonizing solution: Place steel wool into a gallon of white vinegar. Let it sit 24 to 48 hours.

2. Sprinkle pebbles on the surface of a board, place another board on top and grind the pieces together to create mar marks for texture.

3. Pour instant coffee and water into a mist bottle, and spray onto all sides of the wood. Dab the wood with a towel and let dry completely.

4. Using latex gloves, spray the wood pieces with ebonizing solution and let dry.

James uses this technique to create faux-reclaimed wall art to creatively frame Zack Rukavina's TV—head over to for the full instructions.