DIY Antique Armoire

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.

Cost: $50-$65
Time: 36 hours (including 30 hours drying time)

Materials and Tools

  • Acrylic primer
  • Base paint colour 
  • Wax candle
  • Top paint (colour of your choice)
  • 600-grit sandpaper
  • Roller or paintbrushes
  • Varnish (optional)

Step 1

Apply two coats of primer to the surface. Let dry and apply two coats of base colour. Let each coat dry overnight.

Step 2

Rub the wax candle on the surface of the wood wherever you would like it to appear distressed.

Step 3

The next day, apply top colour evenly and leave to dry thoroughly.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Apply two coats of flat varnish for additional protection.