Antiquing furniture is one of the most popular ways to paint furniture.  Antiquing can be called, distressing, or aging.  The idea behind this popular look is to make your furniture look older, unique and therefore more valued.   If you have a general piece of furniture and want to make it look like an old family heirloom, or give it a more unique character, look no further.

Here is a collection of tutorials to help you.  Many tutorials use sandpapers and other materials to distress, and use wax or glaze to emphasis intricate designs.  It all matters on personal preference to make sure to study the photos of the finished project to find the right one for you.

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15 Useful Tutorials on Antiquing FurnitureDry Brushing

This technique is one of the easiest antiquing techniques.  Grab any kind of paint (laytex or oil) and simply paint with a dry brush.  Without adding water your paint will instantly achieve a distressed look.  Use a paper towel to dilute any thick paint immediately.  Make it as dark or as light as you want.

Glazing Mistakes

Mistakes People Make when Glazing Furniture

Read this article before you start your project to avoid any major mistakes.  Make sure you do a test run in the back of your piece to make sure you love the look.

DIY Dark Antiquing Wax

  Wax can be tinted to any color with oil paint or stain. This allows you to go as dark or as light as you’d like.  Was is applied once you  have already painted your piece with laytex paint.   This DIYer also sanded down her edges before waxing.  With a clean rag, wax is rubbed onto the wood.   That is it!  Was darkens with time so let it dry for at least 3 hours before applying a second coat.   Was will get stuck in the grooves allowing the furniture to deepen its overall color.   


How to Distress Painted Furniture

Here is a great link on information as to what sandpaper to use, and how to fix mistakes.

DIY Glazing and Antiquing Furniture

DIY Glazing and Antique Furniture

The left side of this has not been glazed.  The right side has.  Glaze can come in all colors, including white (which looks good on dark furniture).  Glaze is water based and can be tinted any color you’d like with laytex paint.

DIY Sleek Antique

DIY Sleek Antique

These cabinets were painted black, then given a dry brush teal coat.   The cabinets were then distressed with sanding and waxed to bring out the grain of the wood.

How to Antique a Mirror

How to Antique a Mirror

You aren’t limited to just wood when antiquing furniture. Learn how to distress a mirror.

How to Antique Furniture

How to Antique Furniture

I love green and so does 36th Avenue.  After she painted her green table, she used Valspar Antiquing glaze to bring out  the woodwork on this table.  It looks beautiful!

How to Antique with Paint and Stain

3 Ways to get an Antiqued Look When Painting Furniture

This DIYer used stain instead of glaze or wax to add some natural tones to her crate.

How to Distress Furniture with Vinegar

How to Distress Furniture with Vinegar

Like the title says, Vinegar can be used to rub away paint giving a more bold distressed piece.


How to Paint, Distress and Antique

White or any light color works best when distressing.  This warm hutch looks so beautiful compared to the before picture!


How to Antique a Chair With Glaze

Chairs can be antiqued too!

Vaseline for Distressing

How to Use Vaseline to Distress Furniture

Vaseline like vinegar can also gently pull away paint.  This is a simple way of adding antiquing furniture.