How to Weather a Piece of Cedar Wood


Cedar is hard wood that can last a lifetime when taken care of. You may like cedar furniture pieces that possess a weathered look, however they can be expensive. Creating this same look at home is possible with some woodworking tools and a little vinegar. You should note that it is much more difficult to undo the weathering process, so be certain that it is the desired decor before proceeding.

Step 1

Run all the surfaces of the wood with a wire brush to remove the wood’s outer layers and to give the wood a scratched appearance.

Step 2

Sand down the edges of the wood with 220-grit sandpaper to make them look worn.

Step 3

Break up the steel wool pad with your hands into small fibers.

Step 4

Combine one cup of vinegar with a ground up steel wool pad. Leave the solution overnight to dissolve the steel wool pad's surfactant into the vinegar.

Step 5

Paint the solution onto the cedar wood using a sponge brush. Set the wood out in the sun to dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire brush
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Vinegar
  • Steel wool pad
  • Sponge brush


  • “Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship;” Peter Korn; 2003
Keywords: weather cedar wood, weather wood furniture, wood weathering instructions

About this Author

Steven White is a privately contracted software engineer, web developer, and tech support representative. He has 3 years of experience providing technical support for AT&T broadband customers. He is currently a Master's of Software Engineering student and enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise with others.