Antique Furniture Alternative: Distressing
Although there are many individuals who settle for modern designs, there are still a lot who prefer the older styles. Antique furniture collection is an expensive trade. This is the reason why several homeowners who wants to have antique pieces in their home settle for alternatives on how to distress their present furniture to make them vintage looking. There are several ways to distress your existing furniture so that you won’t have to spend a lot of cash on antique pieces.
Painting is the most popular way of distressing furniture.
• Sand the piece until the surface is smooth and the colour is completely removed. Sand in the direction of the wood grain and not against it in order to have a smoother finish.
• Wipe the surface of the furniture after sanding. Make sure that your work area is free of dust to avoid them from sticking into the paint you are going to apply. This way, you will not leave your furniture rough and full of tiny bits on the surface.
• Coat your furniture with primer and still, following the natural direction of the grain. Do not apply a thick coat because it will cover up the entire furniture including the grains.
• Let it dry then prepare sanding the furniture and wiping it again. Make sure that you do not sand it too hard until the entire paint is removed. Keep in mind that your purpose of doing this is to avoid covering up the entire piece when you repaint it because it will only appear new.
• Apply your final coat or primer on the piece. You can choose the same colour or a different one as long as you know the technique you should use to make it appear distressed.
• You can use any tool that is found in your home to make the distress finish of your antique furniture.
If you want to emphasize the worn out edges, sand the edges to remove the corners. Depress some parts of your furniture by using a hammer. However, be careful not to draw a big hole in it or your masterpiece will be worthless. Screwdrivers, ice picks and other pointed objects can be used to draw holes. If you want to add fly specks, use a toothbrush with black paint and gently sprinkle it on the furniture while the primer is still wet. If you are using two different primer colours, simply wax the edges of the furniture when the first coating is dry and apply the second coat. When you wipe off the wax, you will see that, that particular area is not repainted. Leaving a more antique finish.
• Let it dry and clean the surface once again using a clean soft cloth. After that, apply a sealer to keep the antique finish in top shape.
In any distressing project for antique furniture outcome, always clean the surface after every step to make sure that the finish is smooth and clean. Work with light hands when dealing with the tools because instead of distressing your furniture, you might end up destroying them.