How to make your furniture look antique
The sheen and patina that old, genuine antique furniture have is beautiful. Caring for your antiques is like you’re taking care of a legacy. New, modern furniture are sleek and space-saving and antique furniture is at times big but has this grace and a sense of quaint, classic elegance that makes you want to preserve it forever. And antiques come with a hefty price tag. But this need not stop you from possessing furniture that looks like they’re genuine antiques. You can make well-crafted, new wooden furniture look like old and well-preserved antiques to give your home a classic and stylish atmosphere. Take a look here to see how you can do this:
While you can get in expert help, it’s extremely satisfying to restore a piece of furniture on your own. It’s best to read as much as you can about restoring and caring for your antiques before starting on the job.
Start with sandpaper to do a thorough job of sanding off the existing paint on the furniture. You can get a good finish when you first use a semi-rough sandpaper to get the paint off and then use a fine grain sandpaper to give it a smooth finish. Wherever possible, try and smoothen sharp edges and then wipe clean.
What make antique furniture so charming are the signs of wear and tear. They remind you that they’ve been around for probably longer than you have. So the next task is to make these wear and tear marks on the new, sanded furniture. Make some nicks and cuts, scratches and water marks for a distressed look like they’ve been around for ages.
After that, use furniture paint on the surface. Go with a base paint. This will make all the scratches and nicks stand out to look like genuinely old and used marks. Rub off excess paint and allow it to dry. Then use a rough scrub on the surface for a nice, grainy effect. You can also use paste wax and rub off with a satin cloth when it begins to harden to give a gleaming, shiny look.