guys & gals!
A few years ago I picked up this gorgeous little number at the local thrift shoppe, tucked it away in storage, and aimlessly forgot about it. A few days ago I discovered it and fell in love all over again! I decided to spruce it up a bit and even more-share a tutorial for you on how to antique wood furniture.
If you haven’t antiqued/distressed/refurnished furniture before, it may seem a bit intimidating. Don’t fret (I was there once)! However, after some practice I can now say that it’s truly ‘quite simple’.
Here’s what I used for this fabulous makeover: headboard, American Decor chalk paint in “Primitive” (greige) and “Everlasting” (white) and clear creme wax, fine grit sand paper, CeCe Caldwell’s Aging Cream in “Dark”, 2″ and 1″ paint brushes, stippling brush for wax, and old rag.
Step 1: Sanding-Though most chalk paints offer a ‘no sanding’ option, I would still recommend grabbing your sand paper and scuffing up the really tarnished/glossy areas of your piece.
Step 2: Painting-For this piece I chose a two-toned look; however, the process remains the same. Be sure to paint a nice thick coat of paint and allow to completely dry before step 3. Drying time will be determined by your setting and circumstances. I recommend either an AC/open garage.
Step 3: Distressing-Using your fine grit sand paper, scuff the areas that would naturally get worn during wear-and-tear. Depending on the look you’re intending, you may go heavy- or light-handed with this step. Either way, my biggest advice is….DON’T BE SO PARTICULAR! For one thing, it will double your time, and no one will notice the difference between ‘perfectly placed’ and ‘random’.
Step 4: Aging-This is one of my favorite parts! Don’t go crazy, but use your stippling brush to define those gorgeous scuffs. This stuff will deepen the color of the wood peaking through and add the perfect amount of contrast we love so much!
Step 5: Waxing-Time for the easiest part! Grab your brush again (be sure to wipe it clean from the aging wax) and wipe the entire surface of your piece down with the clear creme wax. Let it dry for about 5-10 minutes and wipe once-over with an old rag. *Don’t rub too much, or you’ll increase the gloss factor and your piece will be shiny instead of matte.
Here are some pictures of the process and finished product. It took ~4 hours total, which really isn’t that bad. I absolutely love the finished product and really hope you enjoy! If you have any questions or would like to share your project, please comment below.
Best of luck,