How to add character and an aged look to new wood

You know what I love about my paint business? I have mentors like Marian (Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint) and Jennylyn (Homestead House Milk Paint). These two ladies think of everything! Did you know that both brands of paint are made by Homestead House Paint Company? Between the two lines of milk paint there are 70 gorgeous colours to choose from! 

I bought some new wood crates at Michael's for displaying my Homestead House Milk Paint and they have been kicking around the shop waiting to be painted. I had a hard time deciding what colour to paint them.

How to make new wood look new - video by Miss Mustard Seed.

Then I watched this new video by Miss Mustard Seed "how to make new wood look old" and I seriously had a "Duh!" moment. Why didn't I think of that? I could simply use Miss Mustard Seed's Antiquing Wax as a stain and finish all in one. Super sweet! 

How to add character and an aged look to new wood using Miss Mustard Seed's Antiquing Wax - via My Painted Door (.com)

A few days later my adorable helper, Gillian, came to help me in my shop and we tested a crate using Miss Mustard Seed's Antiquing Wax to see if we liked it ... and we loved it! Done deal.

How to add character and an aged look to new wood using Miss Mustard Seed's Antiquing Wax - via My Painted Door (.com)

Gillian used a variety of tools to distress the crates. These imperfections added character and gave the crates a more authentic aged look.

She scratched up the crates with this drill thing and even laid it on it's side and hit it with a hammer to make gouges in the crates.

How to add character and an aged look to new wood using Miss Mustard Seed's Antiquing Wax - via My Painted Door (.com)

Gillian also used a large nail to make tiny clustered holes.

How to add character and an aged look to new wood using Miss Mustard Seed's Antiquing Wax - via My Painted Door (.com)

Gillian then used a Wax Brush to apply Antiquing Wax. She really worked the wax into the areas where she had distressed and then wiped off any excess wax. About 5 minutes after applying the wax, Jillian used a lint free rag to buff the wax. 

Gillian wore gloves when using the wax. It is not necessary to wear gloves as the wax is all-natural and not harmful, but it will really stain your hands. Gillian took off her gloves for this shot because they were really messy looking. Perhaps we should have cleaned up the waxing brush before the shot. (Oops!)

How to add character and an aged look to new wood using Miss Mustard Seed's Antiquing Wax - via My Painted Door (.com)

We don't mess around here at the shop! We used our "big girl" container of Antiquing Wax. If you use lots of wax, it is less expensive to buy the "big girl" size. Big girl sizes are also available in Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Wax, Bonding Agent and Hemp Oil.

How to add character and an aged look to new wood using Miss Mustard Seed's Antiquing Wax - via My Painted Door (.com)

In a matter of minutes, our new crates looked like they had been kicking around forever! You can see how the Antiquing Wax really got into the areas that Gillian distressed. 

One thing I noticed was that the exterior of the crates were sanded smooth (they came that way) and when Gillian buffed them, the colours turned out gorgeous. Each crate had a variety of colours that I would describe as golden brown, brown and black.

The wood slates on the inside of the crates were not sanded and were extremely rough, so the wood absorbed the Antiquing Wax very quickly. Wiping off the excess wax and buffing those rough areas was more difficult. Therefore, the inside of the crates turned out darker than the outside. Of course, you could eliminate this issue by sanding the surface smooth before waxing. I am a "just go with it" kinda gal and the inside dark areas were fine with me.

How to add character and an aged look to new wood using Miss Mustard Seed's Antiquing Wax - via My Painted Door (.com)

I was super excited to arrange my bags of paint in my (fake) old crates. 

How to add character and an aged look to new wood using Miss Mustard Seed's Antiquing Wax - via My Painted Door (.com)

My shop is over 100 years old and used to be an old general store. Painted mason jars, painted metal stars and "old" wood crates is totally the look I am going for. I love it!

How to add character and an aged look to new wood using Miss Mustard Seed's Antiquing Wax - via My Painted Door (.com)

If you love crates, I have another blog post about painting crates.

If you want to learn more about milk paint, Miss Mustard Seed has more videos you can watch. Enjoy!

Products used for this project:

Above photo - Homestead House Milk Paint

Top row of mason jars (left to right):

Bottom row of stars (left to right):

Posted on May 12, 2015 and filed under milk paint, my old general store.