How to Antique and Age Wood Instantly for a Weathered Look

How to Antique and age wood instantly with items you p (weathering wood with vinegar and steel wool)

This is one of my favorite tricks that I use with home decor….a simple solution of white vinegar and steel wool.  You can use it to age brand new wood to varying degrees depending on how the solution ages.

Supplies:
Wood
White Distilled Vinegar
0000 Steel Wool*

For the sign:
8″ Oil Board Stencils
Black spray paint

*I prefer the fine graded because it disintegrates faster.

Aging Wood: Vinegar & Steel Wool Solution (steel and vinegar wood stain directions) #diy #tutorial #distressed #antique

To make the mixture you pour vinegar into a bowl or jar and add steel wool (without the soap kind!):

How to faux paint barn wood or antique wood with Vinegar & Steel Wool Solution  #diy #tutorial #distressed #antique

The trick is figuring out how long to age it.  A solution left to age just 15 minutes will produce different effect than a solution left aging for hours, months or years.

Here is a solution left aging for 15 minutes where the vinegar has just started to disintegrate the steel wool.  One or two coats of the mixture leaves just a light gray barn-wood like finish:

Aging and Antiquing Wood (Faux Barn Wood) - 15 minute solution #diy #vinegar #barnwood

Leaving the solution to age a few more hours will produce a darker gray finish:

Leaving the solution to age a few more hours will produce a darker gray finish (steel and vinegar wood stain directions)

I keep varying solutions in jars because if you leave it long enough the steel wool disintegrates completely and the mixture is allowed to produce rust, adding a reddish brown tone.

Aging Wood: Vinegar & Steel Wool Solution  (if you leave it long enough the steel wool disintegrates completely and the mixture is allowed to produce rust, adding a reddish brown tone)

 

Here’s a ten minute sign I made using a pre-cut piece of wood from the hardware store and 8″ Oil Board Stencils:

Making a sign with pre-cut piece of wood from the hardware store and 8" Oil Board Stencils:

 

I spaced the letters out and taped them into place together: CONTINUE READING

How to Make a Custom Skateboard and Grip Tape Design

How to make and paint a custom skateboard (custom grip tape to custom design) Great birthday party idea, Christmas gift, etc. via lilblueboo.com #skateboard #diy #griptape #custom #tutorial #gifts #handmadegifts

 

Boo has been asking for a skateboard so I thought I’d make one for her using a blank board. I just finished it up and took it out for a test run today. My skateboarding skills are a little rusty…I think it’s been 25 years since I was on one:

Paint a Custom Skateboard Ashley Hackshaw Lil Blue Boo via lilblueboo.com #skateboard #diy #gift #handmade

It rides pretty well!  A custom skateboard would be a great Christmas gift or even an auction donation….or just hanging on the wall for a shelf or custom decor.

How to make a custom skateboard design via lilblueboo.com #skateboard #diy #gift #handmade

You can buy blank boards from Amazon (this one is 8″): CONTINUE READING

Make a Wood Toy Camera

How to make DIY wood toy camera via lilblueboo.com #tutorial #diy #wood #toy

 

Today I made a little wood pretend toy camera.  Pink.  With a real leather strap. For my little tourist:

 

It’s modeled off my Holga camera….with a viewfinder:

How to make a wood camera via lilblueboo.com

 

I’ve always wanted to make a little toy camera but never had the right tools. Dremel asked me recently to review their Moto Saw (a compact scroll saw) this was my first project choice (among 4,000 others on my list of course)! I used a scrap piece of wood and sketched my little camera:

Wood Toy Camera via lilblueboo.com

The Dremel Moto Saw took only about 5 minutes to set up….and it attaches to almost any table as an instant jigsaw.  I love that I can just pop it back into it’s case and it goes back into storage until the next project: CONTINUE READING

Easy Doll Clothing Storage Rack

How to make a doll clothing rack (doll wardrobe) via lilblueboo.com #diy #tutorial #americangirl

 

Isn’t this cute? A miniature clothing rack for Boo’s doll clothing. I made it for her birthday party knowing that it would also be used afterwards!

DIY doll clothing storage via lilblueboo.com #diy #tutorial #americangirl

The top part serves as a clothing rack and the bottom hold shoes and accessories:

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DIY Reclaimed Wood American Flag

DIY American Flag Home Decor from Reclaimed Wood Pallet via liblueboo.com

 

Here’s another painting I did last weekend from reclaimed wood….a rustic American Flag for our outdoor living area. It took under 45 minutes to paint:

Flag Home Decor from Reclaimed Wood Pallet via liblueboo.com

 

The only labor intensive part was making the canvas from a reclaimed wood pallet. First, the pallet was dismantled and then the pieces were attached to two boards: CONTINUE READING

Woodburning 101 (A Tutorial)

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I’m having so much fun with this woodburner. My favorite thing I’ve made so far: little driftwood message hearts. I’ve had a lot of luck with this brand…..the Creative Versa-Tool.
Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 1 via lilblueboo.com

 

The heat control is key because it heats up much hotter than most wood burners…..making it much easier to burn:

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 2 via lilblueboo.com

 

I ordered these pre-cut driftwood hearts on Etsy from Tinker’s Attic:

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 3 via lilblueboo.com

 

Driftwood is super easy to burn because it’s so soft:

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 4 via lilblueboo.com

You can add some paint for some color:

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 5 via lilblueboo.com

 

A love note:

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 6 via lilblueboo.com

 

My favorite point is the universal point…it performs all fundamental designs:

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 7 via lilblueboo.com

 

A tapered point can burn more intricate designs:

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 8 via lilblueboo.com

 

Just heat the tool up and using light pressure burn your design into the wood.

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 9 via lilblueboo.com

The longer the point remains on the surface the deeper and darker your burn will be.

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 10 via lilblueboo.com

Golden Fluid Acrylics are perfect for adding color:

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 11 via lilblueboo.com

Leave a sweet message for someone you love! Drill a hole for to make a little gift topper or keychain. Place one in your kid’s or spouse’s lunch. Put one on your dresser.

Woodburning 101 - DIY Tutorial 12 via lilblueboo.com

 

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