New isn’t always better. In fact, many people (including me) prefer a vintage, well-loved look for the furniture and artwork around their house. At DIY’s Blog Cabin, distressed and weathered wood makes a big appearance. And while much of the wood was weathered over time by the harsh coastal elements, project manager Dylan Eastman used some clever techniques to give other items the same look in a fraction of the time. Luckily, all the techniques he employed are safe, natural and easy to use at home. Dylan distressed wood using around-the-house tools, such as an awl to create the look of worm holes or a chain to give a battered and beaten appearance like years of rough weather. He also altered the the color of pieces using handy, natural household chemicals, including white vinegar and black tea.
Browse this gallery of Dylan’s tips from Blog Cabin, and try some of the simple, natural weathering and distressing techniques. Then check out more Blog Cabin 2013 how-to projects to get the coastal cottage look at your own home.