May 8, 2013
Do it yourself aging and distressing.
Do you know how to transform an old piece into a work of art? Many of us have older furniture that has lost its appeal to us. If you can re-paint, stain, change the hardware are re-purpose a piece, would you try? Here are some tips for accessories and furniture that you can try.
1) Wooden accessories. From candlesticks, to boxes, to old frames, most anything that is wood can be distressed and aged to create a new look. Here I've used sandpaper, 80-120 grit, to fully remove the old stain or paint. I've added a primer paint or wood primer to each, buffing wax over areas I don't want to uptake the new finish. Candles work well, Vaseline can be used on small pieces. To age, I use chains to randomly create soft indentations, a wire brush for linear marks, and nail heads to hammer in round grooves. There are SO many other creative things to mar the surfaces...don't make marks so deep they look like damage! Once you've gotten the aged look you desire, then stain (I use Briwax) or paint (any craft paint or brand will do), often adding a layer of crackle finish to create delicate cracks. Using 00-0000 steel wool I remove the new finish from the wax areas, revealing the undercoat. Finishing with a coat of a satin urethane keeps the color and crackle looking great and easy to dust. Resin lamps and accessories can also be changed, be sure the primer sticks before moving to the next step!