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How To Turn A Simple Table Into An Antique Masterpiece For Your Miami Home!

February 10, 2010

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Looking for a way to spruce up your home? Try something simple like taking an unfinished piece of furniture and making it look antique! HGTV has created an easy guide to getting this look.

There are a few materials you will need to get started, like the basic piece of furniture. Get an unfinished piece of furniture, such as the Ikea bedside table, Aspelund, Natural and then the working materials. To finish the piece, get some oil-based primer, 2 colors of satin-finish paint, a stencil, a small foam roller, a paintbrush, cheesecloth, a rag, dark paint and glaze mixture and some polyurethane.

Follow these simple steps to antiquing furniture:

1antiquing piece of furniture. Using an oil-based primer, cover an unfinished piece of furniture completely. Let it dry.

2. Apply the base coat of paint. A satin finish will make applying glaze easier, while using paint with a flat finish can make the glaze blotchy. To give the piece an aged look, apply the paint with a paint brush. Using a foam roller will create a smoother finish. Let it dry.

 3. Place the stencil in desired location and paint over it. Using a damp rag, wipe the extra paint off the satin finish basecoat. Carefully remove the stencil.

 4. For the antique look, mix a glaze by adding one part dark brown paint to three parts glaze. Stir it thoroughly. Generously brush the glaze across your piece. If you have a large piece of furniture, work in sections to avoid drying lines. Wipe the glaze off immediately using either a rag antiquing finished(gives a wiping effect) or cheesecloth (gives you a smoother finish). Continue applying glaze and wiping it until you achieve your desired finish. To fix any mistakes you may make, use a damp rag and the paint will easily wipe off the satin finish basecoat.

 5. Highlight all of the architectural features by taking the same glaze and brushing it into the crevices of door or drawer fronts. Wipe off any excess.

6. To highlight the edges of your piece, take the brush with a little bit of glaze on the tip and running it along all of the edges at about a 45-degree angle, leaving a line of glaze.

7. After your glaze dries, add a coat of polyurethane to protect the finish.

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