One nice way to add some character and flair to your home is by ‘antiquing’ some of your furniture.
The idea is to take a relatively cheap piece of furniture and deliberately make it look older and a bit beat up. It’s best to practice this on furniture you would be throwing out anyway or a cheap piece you picked up from a thrift store. The first thing to do is to strip off the existing paint or stain and then decide how you want it to look.
If you want it to look a little beat up, then add some nicks and dents in the wood.
This will make it appear older and more seasoned than it really is. Next, you’ll paint the furniture whatever color you have chosen. If you’re going to use a glaze, be aware how the color of the paint and the color of the glaze will affect each other. That is to say, if you use white paint, then whatever color glaze you use will become the color of the item. If you mix two different colors, you’ll get a combination of them. This is also something you can practice on a scrap piece of unfinished wood to make sure you end up with the color you want.
When you’re learning how to antique paint your furniture, it’s ok to use a few practice runs to find the perfect color.
For a true antique look that will end up dark brown, follow these steps. You will need these supplies:
-Bonding Primer if you’re using unfinished wood
-Base coat color(off-white), oil based paint
-Brush for oil based paint
-Mineral spirits for clean up and thinning the glaze
-Blue painters tape to tape off anything you don’t want painted
-Oil based glaze(dark brown)
Here are the steps you’ll take to antique paint your furniture:
1. Tape off anything that you don’t want to get painted. This could be any metal handles for example.
2. Apply your base coat of paint. Since we’re using oil based paint, you’ll want to let this dry overnight when you’re done.
3. After the base coat is dry, you’ll want to get the cheese cloth and the glaze ready. Get several sections of cheese cloth cut off that are roughly the size of a paper towel. Have the mineral spirits handy, you’ll need to dip the cheese cloth in the mineral spirits.
4. Now, pick a small section of the piece of furniture. You’re going to lightly apply the glaze with a paint brush and then wipe along with the cheese cloth before it dries. What you’re doing is letting a small section dry partially and then removing the glaze to give it a faded and aged look. Leave more glaze on the cracks and corners, and less on the exposed flat surfaces. This gives the appearance of an antique that has been weathered and worn down a bit.
5. Once you’ve done this with the entire piece of furniture and let it dry, you’re ready to apply the clear coat finish. Clear satin polyurethane finish is perfect for this.
Congratulations, now you know how to antique paint your furniture!