Deb and I used to own a storefront. We sold lots of home decor, repurposed, and painted furniture. We had LOTS of practice chalk painting furniture and making homemade pieces. I think everyone has their own technique and Deb came up with a really cool way of painting furniture to make new wood look old. So whether it’s a custom piece that you made yourself, or a thrift store fine. you can achieve the look. I took photos and step by step instructions from Deb when she was finishing little piece I found at the thrift store last week. It wasn’t BAD… I am just not a color person. And, I wanted this little piece to look old and be unique. So here is a quick technique to make new wood look old.
I thought this piece would be so cute to store my office supplies in. I’ve never shown you my office because quite frankly, it’s not organized. Well, Deb’s side of the table is, but mine is a train wreck. Like I said above, I found this little cubby drawer as I was strolling through the thrift store recently. It was actually covered in wallpaper. Deb sanded it all off for me, so we were left with raw wood.
If the wood would have been pretty, I would have left it raw. But there were too many variations in color for me. I already have a little antique piece just like this and it is stained wood… so I thought this would be the perfect piece to show her technique. I use some of the same techniques but not quite like she does, and if you are interested, I wrote about it a few years ago. Here is how Deb makes new wood look old.
Beat the crap out of the piece with a hammer. We did this to our floors at the old house and will be using this same technique when we build our new house, too. By distressing them before you stain them, it makes them look like they have always been there.
Stain the entire piece and wipe with a paper towel. We do this in sections. Stain an area and wipe. We used Minwax Dark Walnut but you can use anything. We like the darker color because it shows through under the paint.
Paint your piece while the stain is still tacky. Deb literally does this immediately after she stains. She used a white paint we already had on hand.
When the paint is still tacky, add another coat of paint. It creates an aged look… almost like the underneath coat is dragging through creating a layer of paint.
Rub the edges with paper towel. Deb uses the same paper towels that she removed the stain with, and rubs the edges. It creates another layer of age-i-ness.
Sand. Sand the edges with sandpaper while the paint is still very tacky. (not completely wet and not dry) It takes some of the sheen off of the paint AND creates a very distressed look.
I ended up removing the glass knobs because I wanted it to look like a little file cabinets type of thing. The handles are something I already had on hand but you can get them new. I just printed off numbers on my computer and slipped the paper down in the handles.
Do you like my new little office organizer cubby thingy? I will never be as organized as Deb but something like this will at least LOOK cute. And I LOVE her technique.