Here are a few things I have learned that help when antiquing furniture, assuming you have already painted the piece, here are a few things…

 

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Assuming you have already painted the piece, here are a few things you can do.

1-Tone, 2-Toned? Decide how many layers of color you want to paint on your piece and do that before you start any aging or distressing. On one of the pieces I did recently, after putting on the second coat, to make it a 2-toned piece, my husband was pointing out to me how terrible it looked. It’s true, it did. Until I finished all of the aging and distressing, it didn’t look great. So, don’t be intimidated by this step of adding more highlights and different shades of color. It will all blend much better once you finish the aging process.

Distressing – Once you have all the color on there.  I would take a hand sander and go over the entire piece.  I would lightly sand every square inch of it.  Then, go back over all the edges, corners and details, until you get a little of the wood to show through.  Any rounded spots, I usually go over until I get a little wood showing through also.  Any point on the piece that you want to draw attention to, I sand until wood shows through.  Then,  clean the piece thoroughly.

Glazing/Dark Wax – The next step is to decide what type of top coat to do.  Basically, the main choices are whether to do a glaze over the top, dark wax, or just do a clear coat.  A dark glaze or a dark wax will create more contrast in your piece.  In the recesses and cracks of the piece, the dark glaze or wax will show up more.  The dark wax is a little different in that it will also give your whole piece an aged look, even on the flat areas.  The dark glaze is a little more noticeable in the cracks, but maybe not as much on the flat areas.  That’s just my experience.