How to paint something to make it look antique

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How to paint something to make it look antique
Painting old items to make them look like antiques requires just a few steps. (Antique image by Empath from Fotolia.com)

You can make just about any object look like an antique. Freshen up old furniture from around your house, liven up a thrift store find or create a custom gift for someone special. You can even buy unfinished wood objects and make them look like antiques. Try seeking out objects that feature ornate details like moulding or carvings for added appeal. You may want to try stencilling on a design if you feel like your piece looks bland.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Paintbrush
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Stencil (optional)
  • Glaze
  • Measuring cup
  • Bowl
  • Rag

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Choose one or two paint colours. One colour will serve as the base coat and peek through patches you create in a second top coat. If choosing two colours, make sure to pick ones that complement each other, such as pale green and cream. To keep the process simple, stick to one colour.

    How to paint something to make it look antique
    Choose your paint colours. (paint chart image by Christopher Hall from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Paint the piece with a base coat. If using two colours, apply the colour you want to see less of first. Home and Garden Television recommends using paint with a satin finish.

    How to paint something to make it look antique
    Paint the piece with a base coat. (paint brush 2 image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Apply the second colour once the first has dried.

    How to paint something to make it look antique
    Apply the second colour. (yellow paint image by Jennifer Griner from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Place a stencil on your piece and dab a thin coat of your base coat colour on it, if desired.

    How to paint something to make it look antique
    Use a stencil to add a design to your piece. (lots of shapes image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)
  5. 5

    Lightly sand the areas you want to look distressed once the second coat has dried. By removing patches of the top colour, the bottom colour will show through. Try to pick areas that would naturally distress over time, such as the back of a chair or corners of a table.

    How to paint something to make it look antique
    Lightly sand the areas you want to look distressed. (sandpapier image by Thomas Aumann from Fotolia.com)
  6. 6

    Moisten a towel and wipe the entire object down once the second coat of paint dries. Clean off any dust particles and allow the object to dry.

    How to paint something to make it look antique
    Use a moistened towel to clean off dust particles. (towel texture 2 image by chrisharvey from Fotolia.com)
  7. 7

    Mix a glaze by combining three parts clear glaze to one part brown paint. For example, mix one cup of clear glaze with three cups of brown paint. This will dilute the paint to create a dark stain.

  8. 8

    Paint a section of the piece with the glaze and wipe the glaze off right away with a rag so that the glaze stains the wood but doesn't completely cover the other paint. Allow glaze to dry.

    How to paint something to make it look antique
    Wipe the glaze off right away with a rag. (Old duster image by Scott Latham from Fotolia.com)
  9. 9

    Protect the piece with a final coat of clear glaze, if desired.

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