Making your furniture look older than it really is has become a trend in recent times . In addition, it is something very simple to do and no special tools are needed, so it is even a recommended task to enjoy it with our children.

So, if you like decoration and want to give your furniture a rustic or vintage touch, in this post we will show you how it can be done, step by step you will learn how to turn your prefabricated furniture into an antique.

The correct sanding

First we have to sand the surface of the furniture that we are going to age . We must do it very carefully and gently to get the wall to be rough, using a fine-grained sandpaper. If our furniture is not prefabricated, then we will only have to follow the direction of the wood grain.
Once sanded we have to remove all the dust and shavings that have remained with the help of a damp cloth.

Primer to prepare the surface

Well, we have our furniture ready to apply the first coat of paint , in this case it is primer paint , which will serve as the base for the next layers. Once it is dry we can start adding a few coats of color.
It is best to use a brown base that simulates the color of old wood . So that there is no gap left to cover, we are going to give it a couple of layers, always allowing time for them to be completely dry.

Waxing the surface

Once we have our furniture primed and with two coats of paint, it is time to give it a special touch. To do this we are going to take a candle and rub it on the surface , especially in those places that stand out the most and that we want to age thoroughly, such as the edges, the decoration or the legs.

With this simple step we are going to make our furniture look worn by use or the passage of time. We must remove excess wax with the help of a brush, being careful not to also remove the main layer.

Painted with an aged touch

After applying the wax, we are going to give a pair of coats with white, glossy or matte paint , depending on what you like best. This is the most basic color, but you can use the one that best suits your personality and that of your home: blue, green, purple … choose the one that best suits you. As always, we let it dry before taking the last steps.

Last sanding

With the help of a fine sandpaper we are going to give a final look to our furniture in order to eliminate the paint in the areas where there is wax, so that we can see the color of the base. Be very careful, because if you screw up its appearance you will have to start over.

The last step with which we will complete the aging process of our furniture is varnishing. We can make our own homemade mixture from one part of base paint and four of water, which we must apply with the help of a brush so that its surface looks even older.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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