Antiquing Furniture

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Updated: 8/03/2012 3:01 pm Published: 8/03/2012 2:51 pm

It's a decorating trend that makes newer furniture look vintage--antiquing. Interiors By Jackie Brown owner Jackie Brown said there are multiple ways to create this look. "Depending on the base paint/wood, you can antique with regular paint, metallic paint, or a wood stain. I prefer the stain method as it give a bit of an opaque feel to the antiquing," she said. It's an easy look to do yourself as long as you follow some important steps. First be sure the piece you are antiquing is clean and dry. Second, tape off the areas you do not want to be antiqued. This process can require quick brushstrokes or rubbing with a dry cloth and you don’t want it to smear elsewhere. Next, using a chip brush or a dry brush, lightly coat the item in the paint or stain. Be sure to get it in the cracks so it looks more authentic. Next, lightly wipe off excess with a dry, lint free towel or cloth. Do not use paper towels.

Don't worry if you mess it up. The paint or stain can be removed with a remover so you can try again. Brown said it's almost impossible to lighten up an antiqued piece so start on the light side and then go deeper. "Just be sure the first coat of antiquing is totally dry or you may rub off both layers!" she said.

You can find all of these items at Sherwin Williams on Brookside.

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