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How to antique a modern piece of furniture

It's so easy to transform ordinary furniture into a antique-looking piece with a little bit of paint and scumble glaze.


You will need:

Primer for wood
Satin finish base coat
Small foam roller
Dark brown oil paint
Mineral turpentine
Clean cloths
Polyurethane varnish

Here's how:

1. Cover your piece completely with a primer suitable for wood. Let dry.

2. Apply the base coat of paint. A satin finish will make applying glaze easier. Using paint with a flat finish can make the glaze blotchy. Applying paint with a paintbrush gives your piece an aged look while using a foam roller creates a smoother finish. Let dry.

3. Place the stencil in desired location, paint over it and use a damp cloth to easily wipe extra paint off the satin finish basecoat. Carefully remove the stencil.

4. For the antique look, mix a glaze by adding one part dark brown oil paint to three parts turpentine. Stir thoroughly. Brush the glaze generously across your piece. If you have a large piece of furniture, work in sections to avoid drying lines. Wipe the glaze off right away using a clean cloth. Continue applying glaze and wiping it until you achieve your desired finish. If you mess up, use a damp cloth and the paint will easily wipe off the satin finish basecoat.

5. Highlight all of the architectural features by taking the same glaze and brushing it into the crevices of door or drawer fronts. Wipe off excess.

6. To highlight the edges of your piece, take the brush with a little bit of glaze on the tip and running it along all of the edges at about a 45-degree angle, leaving a line of glaze.

7. After your glaze dries, add a coat of polyurethane varnish to protect the finish.


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