Vintage style is a great way to refresh your home’s interior. The antique look is a popular interior design trend that began decades ago. It doesn’t seem like it’s losing momentum.
There are many antique paint colors that you can choose from, including eggshell, cream, and weathered grey. But you can go even further. You can give your walls and furniture a unique look by using certain techniques and materials. It is not difficult to learn antique painting techniques. You can transform your home quickly from being outdated to vintage with a little bit of research and preparation.
Antique Paint Colors
Think “muted” when you think of antique paint colors for walls and furniture. There are many muted versions of any color, but the most popular antique paint colors include gray, cream, and eggshell. These colors are available from Sherwin Williams, our partner.
- Monorail Silver
- Gossamer Veil
- Arcade White
Muted colors can be used in so many different ways. A muted gray could be paired with a muted mauve or a mild teal with a mild orange. There are so many combinations!
Antique Paint Finishes
There are many antique paints. The sanding and painting techniques below will give you the best vintage look. You can bring the vintage look to a room by choosing a neutral color such as beige, gray, or off-white and letting your antique-finished furniture shine.
How to Antique Furniture With Paint and Stain
You could hire professional painters for a home makeover, but antiquing furniture is a fun DIY job. Even first-timers could end up with stunning custom pieces. An old, unfinished piece of wood like a table, dresser, or desk is the best canvas for antiquing furniture. You will first need to gather your materials. These are the things you will need
- Acrylic paint or latex in the color you choose
- Water-based primer
- Use oil-based stain as a glaze
- Sanding block or sandpaper
- Stain removal: Use a cloth rag
- Steel wool
After you have gathered all your supplies, follow these steps
- Take out shelves and drawers. To remove handles, fasteners, and hardware, use a screwdriver.
- Sand all furniture and leave a smooth surface to be primed.
- A thin layer of primer should be applied to the entire area. Let it dry completely.
- Apply a coat in the color you choose using long strokes. You can add more texture to your application by using a wider brush. This will give it an antique appearance. Let it dry completely.
- After the paint has dried, you can lightly sand the edges and areas of your piece that you want to look weathered. Steel wool can be used to achieve a “rubbed through” look.
- You will now apply your stain to the paint, giving it an antique look. Apply stain to a small area of the piece with a clean paintbrush. Next, use your cloth to wipe off most of the stain. Only leave it in the recessed areas. This will give the stain an aged, intentional appearance.
- After the stain has dried completely apply a coat of polyurethane to seal and protect the piece.
- Install any hardware or doors. To complete the antique look, you might consider replacing the hardware.
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