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Distressed Painting and Glazing

    Purpose

    • Antique furniture can give your home a warm, lived-in feeling. Modern furniture with sharp edges may create a look artsy but might not create a welcoming environment. Some styles, like a country home, emphasize comfort, and antique furniture fits very well in them.

    Styles

    • Some home styles in which antique furniture looks very good are country and coastal styles. In country homes, there is typically a fair degree of nature involved. Décor is done in yellows and browns and may feature things like roosters and other images that are reminiscent of the country. Coastal themes work well with this, because houses by the coast tend to experience a bit of wear due to the salt water in the air. Distressed furniture will create a look that will reflect this aspect of coastal living.

    Colors

    • Depending on the color you want for your furniture, you will either have a dark color on top or a light one. When deciding which color to use, consider which you want to be most prevalent. The color that is on the top coat will be the most dominant. The other will show through cracks and scratches.

    Method

    • To antique, or distress, furniture, you first lay down a coat of paint that you want to show through the cracks. Then when that coat dries, you apply another coat of paint that will crack when a glaze is applied. Finally, you put down a coat of glaze, which will dry and create cracks in your paint. The thicker the layer of paint, the bigger the cracks in the paint will be.

    Considerations

    • Buying antique furniture is easier than painting it yourself, but you may not get the final appearance you want and you may be looking for awhile. Also, you can find cheap furniture at garage sales and antique stores that have an old appearance. Paint over these, because the age of them will add to the overall distressed look of the furniture.

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