Vintage furniture: how to paint wood furniture with an aged look
The vintage, shabby chic and country furniture are very fashionable and have a perfect look even in a modern setting. But authentic antique furniture is often too expensive. If you want to have cheap vintage furniture and aesthetics, there are a few techniques you can use to make them yourselves. Make sure that the authentic aged effect is not difficult to succeed, by the simplest means, presented in the present article.
This technique is well suited for aging carved wooden furniture or such that have decorative relief elements. First apply wax to these elements or, along the edges of the piece of furniture. In this way, the paint will not take well at these places. Then, apply a few coats of paint in contrasting color to the color of the real wood. Use dark brown for light wood. You can cream or off-white paint for dark wood. Once the paint has dried, rub the areas you have covered with wax with a woolen cloth to reveal the base color and achieve an authentic wear appearance.
You can use a single color, or two contrasting colors. Apply a coat of dark colored paint and allow drying thoroughly. Apply a second coat of paint, but this time, light colored. Before drying completely, rub the surface here and there with a damp cloth so that the background color becomes visible. It’s super convenient to create vintage furniture in surprising colors like a teal or a blue console.
You can easily give a piece of furniture a worn look using sandpaper. This technique to create vintage furniture is fast, easy and inexpensive. Sand the edges of the already painted wooden furniture with sandpaper, as well as some other areas of the surface of your choice. Cover with varnish to preserve the effect.