How to Age Wood for a Weathered Look

How to age new wood for a weathered look


Hello! Last week I shared my fall home tour and I mentioned that I had given my crates an aged look. I really love how they came out so I thought I’d share with you how to age wood to get that weathered look. I’ve done this several different ways on several different projects, but I do think this finish is among my favorites so far.

A company called Crates and Pallet were kind enough to supply these crates for me, as well as for one lucky reader. You can find the details on how to enter to win your choice of crates here.  The crates I chose  arrived to me unfinished.



After experimenting on some scrap wood, this is the technique I went with. I started with a can of Rust-Oleum weathered gray stain*. It’s easy to apply. You brush it on with a paintbrush, let it sit for a minute or two and then rub it off gently with an old cloth. Once that was fully dry, I knew it needed something more. After trying a few different things,  of course I ended up using my Annie Sloan dark wax. I applied that directly over the stain. If you want more details on how to apply the wax, you can see how to do that here.

how to age unfinished wood for a rustic weathered look


You can see above how it looked before and after the wax. The crate on the left has only the Rust-Oleum stain, the one on the right has the stain followed by the wax. It’s amazing what a difference the wax made, isn’t it?

what to use to get an aged finish on wood


I would also suggest that you use these products outside or in a well ventilated area because they both give off a stong odor.


I have lots of ideas for using these crates for decorating and for organizing, so I’ll be ordering several more. If you want to see how I styled these crates, you can check out my bar cart shown in my fall home tour post. Be sure to enter the giveaway while you’re there for a gift card to the Home Depot, where these crates are sold. They also have many other styles and finishes to choose from, shown below. Good Luck!



If you’d like to see other techniques I’ve used to achieve a weathered, distressed look check out these posts:

DIY Barnwood Cabinets

Farmhouse Nightstand Makeover

Barnwood Dresser Makeover

Get a Galvanized Finish With Paint


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How to age wood for a rustic, weathered look


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  1. Thanks for the great information. Do you have information about the Coca-Cola crates pictured? I’ve never seen them unfinished. Would love to know more about them, especially if you have a source to purchase them. Thanks so much!

  2. Great product combo! And it allows for some many options after the fact!

  3. The colors of this are so beautiful and rustic!

  4. Thanks so much for this! I am starting to run out of actual aged wood but I love the look of it so much. Pinned!

  5. What a great idea Roxanne! I think the dark wax really gives it something extra! It makes those gray tones really standout! I will be using this technique on a future project! Thank you for sharing! Pinning!


  6. Oh my gosh, I would never even think to mix those too!! I seriously love how they turned out. Gonna have to remember this technique!

  7. So you recommend never using them indoors, or just when you are staining and waxing them?

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