In my previous post, I showed how I took an inexpensive pine board and stenciled it to create a primitive wood sign. The video below is a very brief tutorial on how to sand and stain the sign to make it look aged and distressed.
I used an electric palm sander because it goes quicker, but you can sand the piece by hand. I used a fairly dark stain. You can experiment with different stains to achieve the desired look. I also stained the back and all sides of the board. You'd be surprised at what a nice, rich look a piece of ordinary pine can have when it's been stained.