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How to age stone walls

Updated March 23, 2017

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.

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

  5. Reapply vinegar periodically to speed the natural ageing process.

  6. Tip

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

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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Cat Reynolds has written professionally since 1990. She has worked in academe (teaching and administration), real estate and has owned a private tutoring business. She is also a poet and recipient of the Discover/The Nation Award. Her work can be found in literary publications and on various blogs. Reynolds holds a Master of Arts in writing and literature from Purdue University.

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