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Give new wood character and age when you follow this step-by-step faux finish technique.
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Place a board on the ground and spread gravel across it.
Lay a second board on top of the gravel. Stand on the second board and use it to "surf" across the gravel. Do this several times, checking your progress to achieve the amount of distressing you desire.
Make a mallet to create the look of wormholes. Drill pilot holes near the end of a 1x2x24-inch craft board to accommodate drywall screws. Drive the screws (we used six) through the board.
Use the mallet to randomly strike the distressed side of the board to create a wormhole effect.
Stab the boards a few times with an awl.
Use a coarse wood file to rough the edges of the board and knock off corners in an uneven and irregular way. Hit the board a few times with the end of the file.
Brush on a heavy coat of Minwax® Dark Walnut Wood Stain following the manufacturer's directions. Let dry.
Using a pre-stain wood conditioner on porous wood such as pine helps promote uniform color when applying stain. Be careful if your project requires glue. If glue gets on an area that needs to be stained, it will resist the stain.
Brush on a heavy coat of English Chestnut Wood Stain following the manufacturer's directions. Let dry.
Apply two coats of satin polyurethane following the manufacturer's directions.