Old furniture today is considered a luxury and chic. In the days of our grandmothers, scratches and rubbings on the furniture said that it had been used by several generations, and they were diligently trying to disguise them. Hardly anyone realized then that in only a couple of generations the peeling paint would be one of the main trends in interior design, and "time-worn furniture" will bring an original style and character, both in modern apartments and in interiors in the spirit of the country or Provence.
In this article you will learn how to give furniture an antique look with your own hands, but first let's be inspired by 27 charming photographs of antique furniture in the interior.
Artificially aged furniture (photo):
How to give furniture an old look
Surprisingly, this process is quite simple. The first step is to find a piece of furniture, which will soon become the main decoration of your home. After that you will need to decide how you want to age this item. There are 2 main ways for this:
- To give the effect of peeling paint - for this you will have to use paints of two different shades, one of which will peer through the cracks in the other, as if the furniture has repeatedly been repainted.
- Create on the furniture scuffs that will give out the wood from which it was made. When using this method, only one coat of paint will be used.
In addition, you should decide if you want after the main works to put on the furniture cover, which will muffle or age the color of the chosen paint. For this purpose, a water-based polyurethane lacquer can be used that will not turn yellow over time.
Ready to go to victory? Now we go directly to what you need to do for yourself!
Materials and tools for furnishing furniture:
- wooden furniture (door, frame or the like);
- satin latex paint for basic coating;
- satin latex paint or stain for the top layer;
- painting tools;
- steel wool;
- gauze gauze or napkin;
- polyurethane varnish for final finishing (optional).
- Lightly polish the object you want to age. If the object has already been painted, then grind more thoroughly. After grinding, wipe the furniture with sticky gauze, which cleans up fine particles well.
- Apply the base coat of paint (or basic, if you apply the second method of aging furniture from the above). Allow it to dry thoroughly.
- To give the effect of peeling paint: rub the wax candles on those areas where you want to see the emerging color. Then apply the top coat of paint of a different shade and also allow to dry.
After drying the paint, wipe with steel wool the areas on which you applied the wax. Try not to worry about it, that you can make a mistake and do not exactly get on the plots with wax - the furniture should look shabby, remember?
- For the effect of a bare wood: grind the paint in areas where furniture usually grows old naturally - on the corners, legs, in the places of touching hands and horizontal surfaces.
- At the end of the work, wipe the furniture with a sticky napkin. Apply the lacquer if necessary.
Luxurious antique furniture is ready to charm your guests!