I say fake it then.
There's lot's of different methods for getting that perfect vintage/ rustic look for your next project.
Here's mine quick and easy.
For the sake of this tutorial I'm going to grab a couple of old pieces of fencing that have fading stain and are ready for the trash heap.
|stage 1 trash heap fence boards|
I'm making a frame for a sign project and it will work perfect to demonstrate this sought after aged look.
|stage 2 the project sign|
Now that I have a ready project surface to work with I want to sand the piece to get out the pronounce stained area's and uniform the surface a bit (rough sand 60grit).
|stage 3 rough sand make it uniform|
Now that my work piece is ready to go its time to love on it with a few things; hammer, chain, punch, screwdriver, bat... whatever beat it!!
|stage 4 beat the piece|
After loving on your work take a dark stain like ebony to accentuate the damage area's. Dapple a chip brush in the grooves, dips, and gouges then wipe off. As you see I wasn't concerned at getting all the ebony stain off. A little left makes the piece more aged.
|stage 5 accentuate the damage|
I love deep rich stains like dark walnut (that's what I stained this project with). Again with a chip brush stain your work and wipe off excess then let dry.
|stage 6 stain project|
At this stage there's two directions you can go. Direction 1; leave the piece more rustic and stop now. direction 2 (as shown) add poly and keep finishing. This is the first coat of poly, let it dry, lightly sand and re-apply poly as many times to achieve your desired look.
|stage 7 keep finishing with poly|
We're done. It's quick. It's easy and it looks vintage. 120 year old finished barnwood floors or trash heap fence boards...?
|stage 8 the finished product|
Again there's many different ways to fake it on your project. I say go for it, experiment, in the end whatever works for you.