furniture to give it a distressed
look is a great way to revive outdated or worn pieces,
as well as achieve character and age newer pieces.
Antiquing furniture techniques have improved
dramatically over the years On chair, for example, the
points of the arms tend to lose some color and the edges
tend to round. That is a great antiquing furniture
technique to do to a new chair or piece of furniture.
Another great antiquing furniture technique is to take a
fine-point black marker and create a few specks on the
legs or arms of your piece of furniture. The bottom
line, don't go overboard with distressing furniture
because too much can be detrimental to the look.
Distressing furniture in the
decorative arts is the activity of making a piece of
furniture or object appear aged and older, and there are
many methods to produce an appearance of age and wear.
Distressing is viewed as a refinishing technique
although it is the opposite of finishing in a
traditional sense. In distressing, the object's finish
is intentionally destroyed or manipulated to look less
than perfect, such as with sandpaper or paint stripper.
For example, the artisan often removes some but not all
of the paint, leaving proof of several layers of paint
speckled over wood grain underneath. This becomes the
Above info from:
The pictures below
are of a door and a cabinet that we antiqued with
an antiquing glaze to give them an aged finish.
each picture to enlarge
Do It Yourself
Antiquing a Bench on HGTV
Antiquing & Distressing Video
How to Antique Kitchen Cabinets
Create an Antique Finish with Stain