In The North Country where I grew up there are many Yankee traders. Most are skilled craftsmen who make wonderful furniture but take no pleasure in selling new work. They tend to be sly old rascals who take new work and turn it into antiques. It is more fun to skin a tourist than to sell something new. 

They have many ways to ‘antique’ a piece. One of my favourites is to bury it in a manure pile for a year. Everyone has their method. I tried one that I recall being told of – and which has been repeated on the Internet. I started with SPF boards purchased at Home Depot. It started like this:


I then applied the secret fluid and before my eyes it turned to:


There is no stain applied and the only pigment added was paint for the stripes. The antiquing process is truly instant. Sly old rascals they are.