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Five steps to get antique furniture


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Five steps to get antique furniture

  1. 1. Five Steps To Get Antique FurnitureAntiquing furniture is a process of painting techniques that can make any piece of wood look oldor frayed. Applying your furniture an antique look will give it a touch of character withoutdecreasing its quality. There are many antique painting techniques you can try, but this articlewill abstract the one that I’ve found to work the best.Always start any painting project in a well- aired area to preclude any hazardous fumes fromentering your lungs. A couple of painter’s mitts is probably a good idea too.Step 1. SandingTo accomplish the best solutions it is always better to sandpaper the entire piece of furniture to anice smooth surface If your antiquing furniture goal is to only make wear and tare on certainspots, sanding the entire bookshelf, table, chair, sofa etc. is not necessary. Try thinking of placeson the furniture that would usually receive excess use and keep your sanding preserved forthose spots. Corners, knobs, handles, and other areas of typical human contact are usually agood start. Before going on to step 2, be sure the piece of furniture youve selected is completelydry and wiped clean of any excess dust.Step 2. PrimeWhen beginning any painting job its a good idea to pick a good prime to accomplish the bestsolutions.Apply the first coat over the areas of the furniture you wish to antique. The prime colour willshow through slightly, so it is suggested to apply a darker color, preferable an oil-based one.
  2. 2. Latex and water-based primers are ok, but I would only recommend them if you absolutelycannot paint in a well-ventilated area.Note: Latex and water-based primers are also slightly better for the environment.Step 3.Antiquing Furniture With Paint Using a Scranch FinishPainting with a crackle finish is the easiest way for antiquing furniture and is frequently the mostefficient. When antiquing furniture with paint it might be a good idea to exercise on a samplepiece of wood before you start. You do not want to go through that terrible sanding processagain do you?Start by using a crackle finish to the areas of the bookshelf, sofa, chair, table etc. that you wantto refinish. If youre working on a smaller project, like a jewelry box or flower pot, the cracklepaste can be applied in one sitting. If a larger project is your goal, tape off any places you dontwant to paint and work on one area at a time. Again, depending on the size, choose if a brush orroller will you give better solutions. Once the finish has dried, usually about 45 min, prepare toapply the topcoat of paint. Your window to apply the topcoat is very limited, it’s significant to besure you are around when it dries.Step 4. Applying the TopcoatNow comes the artful part, applying the topcoat. You can use a sea sponge or a paint brush toapply this coat, but you must move fast! A sponge will give you a more random and skinny crackwhile a paint brush will make much bigger ones. You can wait a paint brush to make cracks inthe direction that you used to brush. If you are painting a big surface, like a desk or bookcase, apaintbrush is going to work the best. Begin in a corner and move on directly after the topcoat hasbeen applied, remember you need to move quickly! Once the paint has been sponged orbrushed onto the surface, the crackling process will begin almost instantaneously. If you go backand apply more paint you will just make a huge mess of things.Step 5. Cleanup and Finishing TouchesClean up any newspapers and masking tape youve lying around and wait for the topcoat ofpaint to dry. Also be sure to wash any paintbrushes clean of paint to avoid running them.Some people prefer to add some dings and scratches when their done antiquing furniture. Youcan use tools such as a screwdriver head or pliers to make these, but a plethora of householditems will work. These marks tend to show up better contingent on the type of topcoat andprimer you selected to use. Again, test everything out on a small piece of wood before startingon a project of this magnitude. You wouldn’t want to mess up your brand new piece of furniture.