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A Great And Inexpensive Way To Get A Naturally Aged Finish!

How to distress wood

Looking For A Quick And Easy Way To Distress Wood?

Well here is an inexpensive process to get an aged look very quickly.
There are several techniques, but this is the one that works best for me.


  • 2 inexpensive chip brushes
  • 2 glass jars(spaghetti sauce type work best)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Plastic or tarp
  • 6 teabags
  • Hot water
  • Jug of white vinegar
  • A steel wool pad and/or rusty nails
  • New lumber for project(pine works best)


The day before your project

  • Boil water place tea bags in the jar and add boiling water to fill.
  • Take the steal wool and/or nails place in the second jar.
  • Add vinegar and shake.
  • Let the jars set over night or 2-3 days if you can.

The day of your project

  1. Place tarp down on work surface and put on gloves. (This project can get messy so wear old clothes and protect surrounding area. Best done outside.)
  2. Remove all tags from lumber.
  3. Lightly sand and clean lumber. (Try to sand off all sap if there is any).
  4. Wash off the lumber.
  5. Take first brush and dip into the tea solution. Apply to wood surface. Make sure the wood is completely saturated and all surfaces are covered. Let dry. You will see the wood start to darken in some areas.
  6. Next take a clean brush and dip into the vinegar solution. Soak the tea stained wood.
    Watch the magic happen!

How Does It Work?

The tannins in the tea react with the “rusty” vinegar and stain the wood a dull gray-brown.
If you want a darker look, repeat the process or touch up missed areas.

The stain will not take if there is any glue or sap residue on areas of the wood.
Knots stain differently, but this gives the wood a naturally aged look.


Ask The Experts

What Is The Best Way To Liquidate an Estate?

Estate Liquidations FAQ

We routinely get private emails and messages from individuals all over the country looking for guidance in the best ways to liquidate antiques and family heirlooms from a recently inherited estate.  Usually these folks have just lost a loved one and may have limited knowledge about the items they are trying to sell.  We are seeing the following questions on a regular basis and would like your help and expertise in answering them.

What can a seller expect to pay for a full service estate sale firm in your area?

Is an auction a better option, and if so why and how much is a reasonable price?

What about selling items piecemeal on a site like ebay?


A Junkers Life For Me

A Junkers Life For Me

Barbara briggs junkers life stacks of antiques

“Trends change, people change, but the hunt is the same!” – Barbara Briggs, Upscale-Resale

So Little Time

There are so many  Flea Markets, Juried Shows, Consignment shops or Co-Ops, Booths in  antique malls or stand alone stores….and so little time.  From Industrial Up-Cycle.. French/European Country, Primitive, Victorian, Art Deco, even Mid-Century Modern these are all Vintage Looks and Styles the possibilities are endless…. AND ….

barbara briggs junkers life antique bird cage protector

Hard Work And A Lot Of Love

As a vendor who brings you these treasures, my team works long and hard, as a labor of love…. We drive, we hunt, we find, we buy, we fix, i.e. paint, upholster, refinish, re-invent, up-cycle, re-cycle, bicycle( wait a minute!) well you get the picture.  Many of us have to keep supplies, paint and tools on hand to bring you wonderful treasures ready for use.

Watch for further articles from Barbara Briggs and UpScale-ReSale; including project instructions, fix ups, and shipping tips!

About Barbara and Upscale-Resale

Barbara Briggs photo

As a child I started going to Auctions, Flea Markets, Antique Stores you name it with my mom, aunt and cousins. Many years later I still do!   My love of  “the business” has only grown through the years.

Even through college, careers, and raising families, we continued to furnish our homes with the wonderful treasures we found “junking,” With our families grown, our mothers’ still full of spirit and me leading a bi-coastal existence…. yup you guessed it, junk junk junk!

Over the years I have had a stand alone store, a space in an Antique Mall, Joined a Co-Op and have done consignments.   As the business continues to evolve, so do I.   Now I use social media, ecommerce sites,  as well as brick and mortar venues.

These Days I travel all over the South West and West Coast participating in several shows a year bringing treasures from the east coast! I also consign in The Primitive Barn in Linden, Ca.

Those Cousins I mentioned…, going junking in N.Y. With them in 2 weeks oh yeah our moms want to tag along!