A recent client of ours had in her possession two old side tables that she absolutely loved. The tables were in need of a face lift, but the problem we faced was that they had been subjected to several coats of paint overtime, so if we applied a new coat, the result still would not produce a fresh look unless we stripped each coat first. Stripping paint is a very long process, so I decided to give them an antique look by using the "antiquing" method. There are many ways to antique furniture, but I found a real simple and rewarding way to do this is by using a water-based paint. Here is what you will need:
-A quart of Valspar paint in woodland misty morning eggshell finish.
-A sample size of Valspar semi sweet (sample sizes only come in satin and that is fine)
-3’’ and 2” chip brushes
-Soft absorbent rags
-A container of water
-Dip your 2’’ brush in semi sweet paint and wipe your brush on one of the rags, there should be very little paint left on your brush
-Apply softly to one area at a time of the table, making sure more paint gets in the grooved areas and corners of the table.
-Before the dark paint dries, dip a clean rag in water and squeeze. The rag should be barely wet, then wipe the paint off leaving just enough to get an antique look.
-Repeat in all areas of the table and don’t be afraid to experiment. If you leave too much paint you can always go back with the light paint. If you take to much dark paint off you can always add more.
What piece of furniture will you be antiquing? We would love for you to share your end result with us!
Also, check out the video below to see the process from start to finish.