Use Baking Soda and Vinegar to "quick weather wood" to look much like driftwood! Remove finish on wood with ratio of baking soda and water. Spray with vinegar and let sit minutes. Then scrub it off with a brush, rinse, dry, and stain or paint it.
Traditional paste wax is still the best way to renew and enhance natural wood finishes, and it will hold up better than liquid furniture polish. All you need for application is an old t-shirt and plenty of elbow grease. Clean, apply and then polish.