At WoodMe we have already taught you how to lacquer furniture or repair scratches and dents. Today we are going with something more creative and we will show you how to age furniture in 12 steps. The best (and cheapest) way to give your home that retro touch you’re looking for. You dare?
What do we need to age a piece of furniture?
To age a piece of furniture, the following tools are necessary:
- Primer paint
- Brown base paint
- Paint the color we want for the furniture
- A candle
- A rag to remove dirt and chips
- A brush to remove the wax
- A knife or similar tool to “scrape” surfaces
How to age furniture: 12 steps (with pictures)
1.- The first step is sand the surface of the furniture, which is called stripping. The ideal is to use a fine sandpaper and to do it little by little, gently. What interests us is that the surface of the furniture is rough so that the effect is more realistic.
2.- At this stage, you must take into account the type of furniture you are going to treat, or rather the Type of material. If it is prefabricated furniture, you can strip it in any order you want, but if it is not made, it is recommended to do so following the grain of the wood.
3.- With a cloth, remove all dust resulting from the sanding operation. Do not use your hands directly as you will get dirty and you may scratch yourself with a protrusion.
4.- Once you have sanded the furniture and the surface is perfectly clean, it is time to apply a first coat of paint. For this we will use Primer paint. On this layer, it will be on which we will apply the future layer of paint. Once we have painted all the furniture, we let it dry.
5.- It is now time to apply the The painting. Ideally, use a dark brown paint and apply two coats, allowing the paint to dry between coats. Logically, we recommend using brown because it is the most common in rustic or vintage style furniture, but it does not have to be this color.
6.- You must now use a candle to apply the wax for furniture surfaces where you want to give an aged look.
7.- When you are finished, use a cloth or a small brush to remove excess wax.
8.- You must now apply opaque white paint (or the color of your choice) all over the furniture. Also ideal for applying a few coats of paint, letting the paint dry between one and the other.
9.- Now, with a knife-type tool, very carefully, remove the layer of paint from the areas where you put the wax. Be very careful with this step to avoid damaging the furniture. The purpose of this step is to show the “base” and bring out the aged effect of the wax.
10.- Finally, mix four parts of water with one of the base paints and proceed to varnish the furniture in areas where you want to give it another touch of aging.
11.- Let dry.
12.- Admire your work.
Aged effect: paint your furniture
For the aged effect of your furniture, you will need to use different types of paint, either primer, base paint or color. Of course, to age a piece of furniture, it doesn’t have to be wood, nor does it have to use brown paint, but you can use any color you want.
When applying paint, it is necessary to do it correctly. It is necessary that apply paint evenly, without leaving areas without paint and avoiding the accumulation of paint in certain areas. It is recommended to always give two coats of paint, always waiting for the paint to dry between coats.
Also, keep in mind that in order to perform any other operation on the paint, for example stripping or when adding wax, it is necessary that the paint is completely dry, otherwise it may mix or expand.
Here are some mistakes to avoid when aging furniture.
Avoid these mistakes for aging furniture
One of the most common mistakes when aging furniture is to start remove the exterior paint coat in areas where you want to give the effect, before the paint is completely dry. If you do this while the paint is still wet, the only thing you will do is spread it out and slide it off, instead of stripping and removing the top coat.
Another of the mistakes commonly made when aging furniture is use too coarse sandpaperas this could scratch the furniture or cause too much paint. Sandpaper that is too fine won’t do too well either, but at least its “effects” can be easily corrected, simply by spending a little more time sanding (aside from it, the furniture surface will be “smoother”) .
It is also necessary to avoid, as we have already commented, to apply the paint in too thick layers this will make a “glob” effect and it will be more difficult to remove the layers to age the effect.
Finally, remember that the furniture that you age must be in keeping with the rest of the room, so it is a mistake not to look at the rest of the decoration to take into account the type of aging that suits the furniture. .
Videos: Aged wood furniture
Do you want more? In this video you can see how to age a wooden table. It looks good on you!
Finally, we leave you some links that could be of interest to complete the information contained in the article.
Links of interest
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