Quite some time back I picked up a plain, hand-made wooden bowl at an estate sale.
I loved the shape, but the bowl needed help. It was far to yellow and it’s wood was in too pristine of condition for my taste. Out to the driveway it went for a little transformation. The wood is very soft and it is very lightweight (I have no idea what kind of wood it is) so it took my punishment very well. I used a chain, a hammer, a screwdriver and an icepick.
This is what I was left with.
Nice “well loved” look, but still too yellow.
The next step was to age the wood. I did so using the vinegar/steel wool method. It’s hard to see in the picture, but I had steel wool floating around so I decided to strain it before using it.
Here is a picture that shows the difference the solution made on the wood…the bottom is the only part that has been covered with the solution.
Here is the bowl after it’s been covered with the solution and waxed with dark wood Briwax.
Now the bowl looks awesome. I love easy projects!