Aged wood can provide a weathered look that adds character to floors, trunks, cabinets, chests of drawers and other products. While the aging process occurs naturally, it’s possible to replicate this worn but attractive appearance on new wood. The finished product is referred to as distressed wood.
“Distressed” is a term that describes several techniques that transform the finish of a new wood product by making it appear older and worn. Some people use the terms “distressed” and “reclaimed” wood interchangeably, but each has a different meaning.
Reclaimed wood is typically older wood that previously served as planks, flooring, walls, furniture or other items. Over time, the wood may accumulate stains from oils or polish, begin to show discoloration or bleaching due to exposure to the sun or develop other imperfections that occur naturally. Manufacturers repurpose — or reclaim — this old wood by giving it a second life in new products.
On the other hand, distressed wood requires human intervention to replicate the look of aged natural wood. Various techniques enable artisans to create a wide range of visually appealing finishes.
Examples of the many methods used to produce distressed wood include:
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