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I'm gonna use these techniques for antiquing furniture to finish off my bedside table I think.

Wipe down old furniture with a mixture of 3 parts olive or veg oil to 1 part vinegar (or lemon juice) to refresh the finish.

Wipe on mineral spirits. clean with ivory dish soap. Use gel stain. no need to strip the wood. l This is a truly superb, professional post!

After spray painting furniture, sand back the edges with a palm sander, and then apply stain to those areas with a cotton swab.

How to Refinish Furniture: Great Handyman article on how to fix blemishes in wood and jazz up a tired old finish without stripping the piece.

How to Refinish Furniture~ "Learn how to refinish furniture faster and easier by avoiding stripping. A seasoned pro tells you how to clean, repair and restore old worn finishes without messy chemical strippers."

This is how i learned to do it and i go back here over and over again. Aging is so Distressing – Techniques for Antiquing Furniture

Aging is so Distressing ... techniques for antiquing furniture

An awesome tip on distressing furniture without mess or fumes....all you need is spray paint, sandpaper and furniture marker!!!!