Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is an alkaline salt with useful chemical properties. According to housing inspector Carson Dunlop, the method of ageing wood with baking soda is widely used in the property maintenance sector. The technique can be used effectively to give new wooden shingles a weathered look, so they don’t appear out of place among existing shingles. The effect also works with many other woods, according to rustic furniture maker Dan Mack.
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Things you need
- Baking soda
- Watering can
Pour about 3.8 litres of water into a bucket. Add about 0.45 kg of baking soda. Stir with a spatula until the baking soda has dissolved.
Brush the solution directly onto the wood you want to treat. Aim to cover every part of the wood so the ageing effect is consistent across the surface. Apply roughly the same amount on each piece to make the pieces look similarly aged.
Place your wood outside in the sun, preferably in an area that is not shady. Leave them to dry for a few hours. Check them every hour or so if you wish.
Rinse the solution off your wood after a few hours. Use a hose, watering can or a wet rag. Use clean water.
Repeat the process until your wood appears as weathered as desired. Make sure your wood has been properly dried and rinsed before using it.
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