- Old rag or bed sheet
- Sanding block
- Painter’s tape
- Candle (for wax)
- Wood stain
- Steel wool
- Clean rag
Before you begin, lay down old bedsheets where you’ll be working to avoid staining your floor.
Additionally, remove metal hardware, like handles and knobs, with a screwdriver.
You can try an array of antique paint techniques on wood by choosing finishes like chalk and milk paints. However, for an easy and long-lasting finish your safest bet is using matte paints.
Select the two shades you want to work with, such as neutral hues like Timeless and Ashen White. And don’t rule out exploring colourful selections. Regal reds like Monarch leave pieces feeling reminiscent of yesteryear, while a distressed cupboard in Proud Peacock can instantly lift the energy of a space.
Antiquing is just one of the small projects that you can experiment with using leftover paint.
Don’t worry if you’re a complete DIY novice, we’ve got a few pointers for you to keep in mind.
Remember, it’s supposed to be shabby chic so don’t get too caught up with making the piece look ‘perfect’. While it can be tempting to give it a miss, sanding is essential for this project to work properly so don’t let boredom get the better of you.
Before you crack open your paint can, sanding and cleaning your furniture is essential. If it’s already got some exposed wood, lightly sand those areas. Remove any shiny painted surfaces that have been treated with polyurethane by sanding them down completely.
Try to sand in the same direction as the grain of your wood in order to make the finished piece look authentic.