How To Create a Faux Antique Paint Finish

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Whether you're into refinishing furniture or you just want a unique finish for your next craft project, faux painting is a great option. It gives character to your piece, and it's relatively easy to do! Use this guide to help you create a faux antique paint finish for your next painted project.

Step 1

Decide on your paint color. Before you can create your faux antique paint finish, you need to find the paint that you'll use. Choose a color that suits the antique look, such as dark gold or bronze. Depending on your project that you want to paint, black or dark brown paints might work as well. Ensure that the type of paint that you use is the same style as the base coat on the piece that you are painting (so match oil-based paints with oil-based paints, and water-based paints with water-based paints.)

Step 2

Gather your tools. In order to create the faux antique finish look, you'll need the following tools:

  • Wide paintbrush
  • Base coat paint
  • Antique coat paint
  • Small dish
  • Paper towels (plenty!)
  • Drop cloth

If you are using oil-based paint, you'll first need to apply a clear oil base so that the next layer of paint will flow easily. For water-based paints, you'll need to thin the paint out a bit with some water. (Instructions on how to do this are written below.)

Step 3

Paint on the base coat. Now that you've gathered your painting materials, you're ready to begin. Start by painting your entire piece with a base coat (or two, depending on how dark you want the coverage to be.) Ensure that you're happy with the color. If not, remove it or try adding a second layer. Then allow the base coat to dry thoroughly. The paint can will outline how long your particular paint brand requires to dry.

Step 4

Follow the base coat with an antiquing coat. Once your base coat is thoroughly dry, you can add the antique coat. In a small dish, add a small amount of your antique paint color. Mix in some water (or clear oil base, depending on your paint type) until the paint flows nicely and sticks to the edge of the dish only slightly. You're looking for a whipping cream consistency.

When your paint has been properly thinned, wet your wide paint brush with water and tap it a few times to remove any excess. Your brush must be wet for the antiquing process. Apply a thick layer of your antique paint color onto a small area of your project, working to cover it completely. Don't miss any cracks! Now, before the paint has a chance to dry in that area, use a paper towel to wipe off that same section that you just painted. You're not trying to push the towel into the cracks or to remove all of the paint. You want to leave a little bit of the antique paint color on your painted piece, as this is what creates the faux antique finish. In small batches, continue this process until you have painted your entire piece. Wet your brush, paint a small area on your piece, and then use paper towel to wipe away any excess paint.

Once your antique coat is completely dried, you can then add a coat or two of varnish. This will help to ensure that your faux antique paint finish lasts for many years to come.


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