How To Antique Furniture

Are you looking to learn how to antique furniture? There are several different ways to antique a piece of wood furniture and to get the look you are shooting for. Follow these steps to learn how to antique furniture.

To antique furniture, you will need:

  • A piece of wood furniture
  • Paint or stain
  • Brushes, rollers, etc.
  • Medium grit sandpaper
  • Distressing tools
  1. Begin with the base. To antique furniture, it may either be painted or stained, or you may leave it as it is. If you are painting or staining it, begin by applying your base coat.
  2. Let the furniture dry completely. The base coat must be completely dry before you do anything else. Open the windows and place a fan near your furniture to get it to dry more quickly if you need.
  3. Sand the edges. You will need either medium or coarse sandpaper, depending on the look you want to achieve when antiquing furniture. The coarser the sandpaper, the rougher and more "antique" your furniture will look.
  4. Distress the furniture. To make your furniture look even more antiqued, take some sharp tools that are lying around the house and beat on it. You may distress it a little or a lot, depending on the degree of antique you are looking for.
  5. Find a place for your antique furniture. Hopefully it fits in with the rest of your décor. Remember that antique furniture doesn’t really work if the rest of your interior is contemporary, with clean, straight lines and smooth surfaces.
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