Whilst a lot of us would love to have a house full of vintage antique furniture it is not realistically going to be the case. You might have the odd antique piece and would like to confer this style across the house but genuine antique furniture is very expensive. In addition to this a lot of older furniture might look beautiful but will be slightly impractical or just in very poor condition. However, there are a couple of alternatives you could try out. The first is to take your existing wooden furniture, or some newly acquired, inexpensive items, and distress them so that they appear to be antiques. But how can you go about doing this? Here’s a quick run through of how to make your own antique wooden furniture.
The first thing which you will want to do with the wooden piece of furniture is create the illusion of the wood being older than it is. The edges and corners will be too refined and sharp to look antique so you should sand these down and hit them with a hammer. Obviously don’t hit the item too hard when you are doing this. Next do some random blows across the chair and even scratch it up a bit. You want to try and remove any large, flat areas being blemish free so that it looks like it’s been through a lot of wear and tear.
Next you want to consider the colours. To get the effect we are looking for you will want to have one colour painted over another to make it look like it has been repainted in the past. White is a good choice for the first layer as every other colour will paint over it. Make sure that you are only using matte paints because glossy ones will make the furniture appear too new. With the first layer, apply it haphazardly and don’t worry too much about covering it fully. Now apply the second layer once the first has totally dried and as before paint it but leaving areas uncovered so that the paint below shows through in patches.
Take some sandpaper and sporadically rub down some areas of the item of furniture. Use different degrees of pressure and try to be as random as possible. Focus on the edges and mix up whether you are sanding just the top layer of paint off and in patches all the way down to the exposed wood. The key thing at this point, as before when painting, is to do it in a non-uniform way.
All that remains is to wipe it down and then top coat it with a matte varnish. This will keep your hard work looking as it is now and not further deteriorating or experience peeling paint.
The other option if this is not the look you are going for or you don’t want to be doing it yourself is to purchase antique reproduction furniture. This will mimic the look of genuine antique furniture but come at a fraction of the price and have modern build quality. You can even combine the two and use your home-made antiques with the faux antique furniture. Whichever way you go you are sure to be impressed with the look it achieves.
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