Easy Tip to Give New Wood an Aged Look

A few months ago I blogged about my daughter’s nursery, which includes a rustic picket fence on the wall above her crib. I actually had several questions on social media asking where I found the “vintage picket fence”. Well my friends, you might be surprised to know that I simply bought it at Home Depot. Yep, it definitely wasn’t a vintage find of any kind. It was just a little painting trick that gave the fence that aged, rustic look. Today I’m spilling the beans and sharing exactly how I did it. This easy tip to give new wood an aged look will work on just about anything. It’s so simple and doesn’t involve any fancy products or hours of waiting!

Easy Tip to Give New Wood an Aged Look

First step: find something to paint. We got our fence at Home Depot, but this technique will work on any new wood.

Easy Tip to Give New Wood an Aged Look. This quick trick will help give any new wood an aged, vintage look.

OK, here’s the big secret to getting an aged, rustic look on new wood: spray paint. I simply spray painted the fence black. Nothing fancy, just a basic black spray paint. Brown would also work really well. The idea here is to cover up the lighter color of the natural wood with a dark color so that when it’s time to distress it, you have that dark peeking through–which is what gives it an aged look. If you painted directly over the natural wood, any distressing wouldn’t really show up because of the wood’s light color underneath. So painting it black first gives us the aged look we’re going for.

Easy Tip to Give New Wood an Aged Look. This quick trick will give any new wood an aged, vintage look.

Then I painted the whole thing white. Yep, just paint directly over the spray paint, it goes on just fine.

Easy Tip to Give New Wood an Aged Look. This quick trick will give any new wood an aged, vintage look.

Easy Tip to Give New Wood an Aged Look. This quick trick will give any new wood an aged, vintage look.

After the paint has dried it’s time to roughen it up! I used a sanding block to sand down the edges, sides, front–all of it. The more distressing you do, the more you’ll see that dark spray paint underneath and the older it will look. You could also use a paint scraper to get even more of a distressed look.

Easy Tip to Give New Wood an Aged Look. This quick trick will give any new wood an aged, vintage look.

Ta-da!

Easy Tip to Give New Wood an Aged Look. This quick trick will help give any new wood an aged, vintage look. Picket fence decor in girl's nursery.

And here it is in Allie’s nursery.

Easy tip to give new wood an aged look. This quick trick will help give any new wood a rustic, vintage look. Picket fence decor in nursery.

Easy Tip to Give New Wood an Aged Look. This quick trick will help give any new wood an aged, vintage look. Picket fence decor in girl's nursery.

We found studs in the wall and screwed it into place so it would be nice and secure.

Easy Tip to Give New Wood an Aged Look. This quick trick will help give any new wood an aged, vintage look. Picket fence decor in girl's nursery. Easy Tip to Give New Wood an Aged Look. This quick trick will help give any new wood an aged, vintage look. Picket fence decor in girl's nursery.

Easy Tip to Give New Wood an Aged Look. This quick trick will help give any new wood an aged, vintage look. Picket fence decor in girl's nursery.

Easy Tip to Give New Wood an Aged Look. This quick trick will help give any new wood an aged, vintage look. Picket fence decor in girl's nursery.

I think this is the easiest and fastest way to fake that aged look on new wood. Sure there are fancy products out there and long, time consuming tutorials that will get you a similar look. But I’m all about easy around here, so this wins out for me. And like I said, the more distressing you do over the black spray paint the more aged it will look.  Easy peasy!

Well I hope you enjoyed this quick tip today! Let me know if you have any questions, I’d love to help. And thanks a ton for stopping by, I hope you all have a fabulous week. Go do awesome things!

Quick and simple way to give new wood an aged look. This easy tip only takes minutes and will give any new wood an aged and vintage look.

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9 Comments

  1. Kimber wrote:

    Love it! Thank you for sharing.

    Posted 1.16.17 Reply
  2. FernTrudeau wrote:

    This is lovely and seems easy. I’m presuming you used latex in both paints. I also love the pink “curtain”. Any directions on how to do that as well?

    Posted 1.16.17 Reply
  3. dj wrote:

    Have a wonderful Monday and continued week. Thank you for sharing, I will definitely be trying it soon.

    Posted 1.16.17 Reply
  4. Marilyn Soto wrote:

    You always have the best diy projects-So easy and affordable. I love it.

    Posted 1.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you so much Marilyn, I really appreciate that!

      Posted 1.17.17 Reply
  5. Joette Tavernise wrote:

    I have decorated a wall in my apt with black fence I found. If Tom Sawyer would come help me paint it white I would love it. Seems like that part will take so long and once I start, there’s no backing out. Don’t know if I’ll live that long. Ha! Thinking about it though. So cute!

    Posted 1.16.17 Reply
  6. Doreen Sulfaro wrote:

    Thanks Sarah. That’s pretty much what I did with an old stockade fence which I hung up in my guest room. Your tips are so helpful. You rock.

    Posted 1.17.17 Reply
  7. Too cute! This is the exact same method we used to paint the bases of our farmhouse benches for our dining room table! 🙂

    Posted 1.17.17 Reply

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