Everything New is Old Again – Furniture Antiquing Techniques

Beautiful Fake

I’m proud to present the first finished portion of my renovation in this video. You’ll see the process of painting and antiquing the vintage wall unit that comprises my desk. I love the process of antiquing. It’s the height of artifice, and there’s something so much fun about creating a gorgeous lie you can furnish your home with. The easy steps are – sanding, priming, painting, detailing, aging, speckling and sealing.

The Antiquing Process

I go into detail on the process of aging – apply the glaze tinted with paint in a dirty color. Spread it on with a brush, then wiped in and off with a wet rag. The speckling is done with stain and an almost dry, ratty old paint brush. Hit it against the shaft of a screwdriver and it leaves beguiling little speckles on the surface of your furniture.

Painting old Craigslist and Freecycle finds is great fun, and an economical way to furnish your home with style. If you decide to try it, please share it with us in a comment and send some before and after pictures!

2 thoughts on “Everything New is Old Again – Furniture Antiquing Techniques

  • March 26, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Beautiful work Brini! Very impressive restoration process. Tedious, but the end result is amazing! Those oil paint fumes are a doozy. “Fans should know the price you pay!” 😉

    • March 26, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      It’s worth it, for the fans – and for the cause of Hollywood Regency style!


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