Hi sweet friends! Today I’m happy to have Amy Spagnola doing guest posting to show you some simple tricks for making any piece of furniture look like a precious vintage piece. Welcome Amy!
Distress Success: 4 Clever Ways to Make New Furniture Look Aged
While many of the furniture projects on Old Things New focus on updating or repurposing existing furniture into something fresh and fabulous, there are times when people want to take something new and turn it into something old. Say WHAT?!?
Yep, that’s right, we’ve heard that there are some folks craving a vintage vibe to their recently purchased pieces; whether it’s a dresser, high chair or vanity, retro lovers want a flea market feel and we’re here to inspire!
Here are some refinishing technique ideas to turn that brand new piece into a classic antique:
Take a modern dresser and give it a shabby chic facelift by sanding off the existing surface. By roughing up the top layer of newbie furniture, the surface will appear to be suffering from a super strength spa peel. A rough and crackling appearance offers the ultimate distressed signature. A stripped dresser can be left alone or additional paint, priming and sanding can convey a French cottage feel.
Hammer Time For furniture that looks like it came from an Old West saloon, it’s best to scrape and smack. There’s no quicker way to achieve a rustic renaissance than with a lot of tools and some anger to boot. For achieving that timeworn look, using a hammer or a chain and lightly banging and beating will produce dings and nicks that will appear as though the furniture has lived a long life.
Glaze for the Old Days
Found at most home improvement stores, tinted antiquing glaze can be used to take a new piece of furniture and give it an old school twinge. Whether it’s a medicine or china cabinet that gets the old overhaul, this technique is sure to take a modern furniture piece and give it a blast from the past.
Hard Knock Life
Less of a finishing technique and more of a DIY trick, using antique handles will add classic charm to any furniture piece. Victorian, French and Art Deco hardware designs all have a timeworn appearance. Adding vintage brass pulls and knobs to desks, dressers and doors will impart chic historic flair.
Guest Post By Amy Spagnola for LuxeDecor
I hope y’all have enjoyed learning a few new furniture ageing tricks today. Hmmm . . . I have a piece of furniture on my porch that could do with a little roughing up . . .
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