How to fake the look of antique furniture using common household supplies.
A piece of furniture that's worn and weathered is a prize catch. One of the reasons: it blends beautifully with highly polished contemporary pieces, yet has character and stands out as the poetic element in a room. But antique armoires are scarce, expensive and often not deep enough to hold a TV or stereo equipment. A solution: buy a new armoire and use our aging technique to give it character. All it takes is candle wax, paint and sandpaper to create a collectible.
Time: 36 hours (including 30 hours drying time)
Materials and Tools
- Acrylic primer
- Base paint colour (used here, Benjamin Moore 1112 latex, for a natural pine look)
- Wax candle
- Top paint colour (used here, Homestead House Coal Black latex)
- 600-grit sandpaper
- Roller or paintbrushes
- Varnish (optional)
Apply two coats of primer to the surface. Let dry and apply two coats of base colour. Let each coat dry overnight.
Rub the wax candle on the surface of the wood wherever you would like it to appear distressed.
The next day, apply top colour evenly and leave to dry thoroughly.
Using the sandpaper, rub off the paint to expose the first colour underneath. The wax residue will enable the paint to come off easily, allowing the coat of pine-coloured paint to show through.
Apply two coats of flat varnish for additional protection.