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How to Antique Furniture


-- Simple instructions using paint and glaze!

Difficulty: Moderately Easy


How to antique furniture -- example chain

Tools Needed:

  • Rags or paper towels
  • Latex or oil-based Paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Soft Wire Brushes
  • Sandpaper
Example chain shown after using the below antiquing technique.
  1. Thoroughly clean and sand all surfaces to be antiqued. You might have to use a wire brush on the really tough stuff! Also, as in the example above, it might be necessary to mask off any cloth or leather areas on the furniture to be antiqued. Finally, when your finished sanding, remove any dust using a very, very, lightly damped cloth.

  2. Using a light-colored base coat, paint the sanded surfaces. Terrific colors to start this phase are beige, yellow and cream.

  3. After letting the step #2 light-colored paint to dry, brush on a second coat. The second coat is called the accent coat and olive, burnt umber or sienna are all excellent colors for the top accent coat.

  4. Before the accent coat has time to dry, use a rag or paper towel to wipe away the paint creating streaks or shadows in the process. Also make sure to leave traces of the accent coat in the corners and cracks (it leaves a nice touch).

  5. That's it, you now have taken an ordinary looking piece of furniture and created a unique piece of antiqued furniture. Of course, you should allow the paint to completely dry before sharing your creation with the rest of the world.

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