Question: How do I antique wood or furniture?
Answer: How do I antique wood? Antiquing is a great finishing technique! It can completely change the look of a surface and enhance it by making it look old.
To antique wood, you will need to mix clear glazing medium, paint (acrylic, latex, etc.) and water in a ratio of 1:1:1/4. So, a sample mixture would be 1 cup clear glazing medium plus 1 cup paint plus ¼ cup water. This is only a starting point. You might decide that you want to INCREASE the amount of glaze – to give a more subtle look – or DECREASE the amount of glaze – to give a more pronounced look.
You can antique an existing finished/sealed piece of furniture or wood/furniture that is raw.
TIP: It is always advisable to make a sample and test the technique and color on a piece of scrap wood.
TIP: Apply a coat of varnish on raw wood BEFORE antiquing! This gives you more time (‘open time’) without having to be concerned that the glaze will penetrate the raw wood. The varnish helps the glaze ‘move’ so you can wipe it off easily. 1.
For raw wood, you need to seal the wood and apply as many coats of your base color to give you opaque coverage. Let this dry for 24 hours to be sure it is set. Apply a coat of varnish BEFORE antiquing.
Although, in this example, you have made your own glazing mixture, you CAN purchase already made glazes. Of course, the advantage of the method we used here is that you can get any color glaze that you want and that coordinates best with your color scheme.
TIP:Antiquing glazes can be ANY color – brown, black, blue, white – the skies the limit!
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