How to age stone walls

Written by cat reynolds
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Stone landscaping, also called hard-scaping, adds enormous character and value to a home, but stones that are manufactured or freshly cut from larger pieces have a uniform, untainted look that says "new", not old. You can add an aged appearance, however.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Vinegar
  • Paint brush
  • Buttermilk or yoghurt
  • Antiquing glaze

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Paint the fence with vinegar. Do this on a dry day. The acid in it will create tiny pits in the stone, which in turn will make a home for the microbes that will tarnish the stone.

  2. 2

    Stain the wall by randomly and lightly dry-brushing antiquing glaze into crevices, if you want to achieve an aged look more quickly. Don't paint the entire wall. Let dry. Reapply more vinegar, if desired.

  3. 3

    Grow moss on the stone. Daub yoghurt or buttermilk onto the wall, especially in the cracks. Patting the yoghurt or buttermilk with a bit of soil helps moss to take hold.

  4. 4

    Moisten the fence with a mist of water every day until moss is established.

  5. 5

    Reapply vinegar periodically to speed the natural ageing process.

Tips and warnings

  • Walls that are in sunny, dry locations will take longer to age and to grow moss.

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