We found two of these old columns at a warehouse sale & my husband & I thought they had such a nice, aged look to them. The plan was to just clean them & then seal them, but as we were cleaning the first one, all of the old, aged patina completely came OFF! Not what I had planned. As a matter of fact, when I was finished cleaning it, it looked like it had just come out of a lumber yard, brand new. That's not what I meant to do. I wound up having to distress, age, stain, paint & seal it. Finally got the vintage hooks on & it was done! It looks amazing & the antiqued look it has now is beautiful!