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.
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Things you need
- Stencil (optional)
- Measuring cup
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.
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.
Apply the second colour once the first has dried.
Place a stencil on your piece and dab a thin coat of your base coat colour on it, if desired.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Protect the piece with a final coat of clear glaze, if desired.
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