How to antique wood {with paint and stain}

May 6th, 2013

Although glazing furniture is our usual forte around here, we also use paint and stain to antique wood when we are looking for a more roughed-up look. I found a cool crate a few weeks ago, but it was $40.00. I knew I could recreate a similar crate for MUCH less, so I filed it away in the old noggin for a later date. It wasn’t long after that I was at JoAnn’s fabrics and I found a raw wood crate for $2.99. I was so excited that I started the project ASAP.

I hope you enjoy the newest tutorial about how to antique wood with paint and stain!


Items needed for this project:

220 grit sand paper

Craft paint, or any latex paint in your garage in the color of your choice

Gel Stain {I prefer General Finishes Java Gel Stain}

Acetone and a few cotton balls {in case of a mistake}

and an old Sock {yes, I said a sock}

craft paint

java gel stainsock
Step 1: Sand your wood smooth with the 220 grit sand paper. how-to-antique-with-paint-and-stain (4)


Step 2: Paint your wood in an uneven fashion. how-to-antique-with-paint-and-stain (6)

Step 3: Take your sock and dip it in the stain {you don’t need much on the sock}, and rub it along the edges of the wood and around the paint. sock

If you accidentally put too much stain on the paint, don’t worry. Just grab a little acetone on a cotton ball and rub it off. how-to-antique-with-paint-and-stain (11)

That’s it! Soon your project will start out looking like this…how-to-antique-with-paint-and-stain (3)

and after painting it, it will look like this…how-to-antique-with-paint-and-stain (10)

And then after the stain it is perfectly antiqued! how-to-antique-with-paint-and-stain (20)

The crate was the perfect accessory for my new grey living room.  Grey living room

I love it!plant

I hope you had a great weekend! Happy Monday!




  1. says:

    Hi Brooke……how good is that! It looks fantastic. Now I have to look out for a plain wooden crate. Oh the pressure! I have just recently started all the malarky of repurposing etc and am a woman on a mission…….put a paint brush in my hand and watch out!

  2. That looks so great! So easy and creative too.

  3. I love using old socks for staining and waxing! Love your crate! Love your room redo and so, so love you! Happy Monday my friend! PS-sharing this awesome idea on My Craft Channel fb page.


  4. Love this Brooke!! Sounds like something I could try! It goes perfect in your newly painted living room (which is amaze-balls by the way)!

  5. I love this idea….the crate looks great.

  6. Crystal says:

    Love it!! It looks so great in your living room!! Thank you for the step by step tutorial!! I have had so much trouble with staining things, but I think I can do this project. Thanks so much!!

  7. Looks great! And so cheap! Looks quick and easy too.

  8. Oh awesome! This came out so nice, I love all the paint layers! I want to share it on my blog soon, but I’ll send my readers here for the full tutorial, if that’s OK?

    Curious, how much were your crates? They are $12.99 near me, is that the norm?

  9. I LOVE this, I can’t wait to try it out!!!!

  10. Thank you for sharing this great tutorial! What a great idea and I can’t wait to try it!

  11. Do you let the paint dry completely before staining?


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