How to Make a Wood Floor Distressed

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How to Make a Wood Floor Distressed
Make a wood floor look distressed by following just a few simple steps. (wood texture image by AGITA LEIMANE from

Older homes usually come complete with old floors that have a worn, distressed finish. Newer homes, however, require a certain amount of creativity and innovation to mimic the look of worn and distressed floors commonplace in older, vintage homes. Without changing the colour or stain of a wood floor, you can distress and age the wood to give it a custom, distressed and aged look.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Screwdriver
  • Chain links
  • Tin cans
  • Water
  • Black paint
  • Toothbrush

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  1. 1

    Hammer indentations into the surface of the wood floor. Use both the claw end of the hammer as well as the head portion of the hammer. Use a random approach when hitting the floor with the hammer. Vary the amount of pressure and rotate the location of the hammer to create a random appearance.

  2. 2

    Pound some nails at random angles against the grain of the wood using the hammer. Place a nail flat against the wood, and pound with the hammer. This will leave an impression of the nail against the wood.

  3. 3

    Make gouges and marks with a screwdriver. Hit the screwdriver with the hammer in random intervals around the surface of the wood floor to create a distressed appearance.

  4. 4

    Take several links of heavy chain link and hit the surface of the wood to create indentations and marks on the wood. Use a random approach; vary the amount of pressure you use when hitting the wood.

  5. 5

    Fill empty tin cans with warm water and place in random spots around the wood floor to create water stains. Vary the size of the cans for maximum impact.

  6. 6

    Dip an old toothbrush in some black paint and create a splatter effect on the wood. Pull back the bristles of the toothbrush with your thumb and allow the paint to splatter on the wood surface. Do this in random areas on the wood floor to create visual interest.

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