Hello friends! I’m excited to share today’s project with you about how to antique unfinished furniture in six steps.
My friends at Wayfair sent me this unfinished table (Maginnis End Table) and asked me to make it the most amazing end table ever. To make it into a furniture piece of my dreams. I could use stain, paint, stencils, hardware – anything to turn this plain, unfinished table into something very unique and special.
I knew right away that I wanted the finished table to have an old world look. Like it’s been around for a long time. A piece that looks well-loved, worn, and weathered. A piece that has character.
Did I achieve my goals? I think so. Here’s how I did it.
How to antique unfinished furniture in six steps
Step 1 – Age
I applied a generous amount of Better With Age by Amy Howard. Better with Age ages raw wood by reacting with the tenins in the wood. It gives raw wood a grayish, worn appearance. This was allowed to dry overnight.
Step 2 – Paint
Next I brushed on two coats of chalky type paint in a vanilla color. This paint dries rather quickly.
Step 3 – Sand
Step 4 – Mouldings
Step 4 – Antique Crackle Medium
Step 5 – Final Paint Color
Brushed on the final paint color. This is a milk paint in a color called Farmhouse Ochre.
Step 6 – Sand & Wax
After one last sanding, I added just a small amount of dark antiquing wax to the edges of the table to give it age and dimension.
I just love how it turned about. It does look like an old, well-loved piece from generations ago. The color is perfect for this time of year, don’t you think?
I hope you enjoyed todays project and learned how to give an unfinished piece of furniture look a time-worn, antique look.
Emily @ Two Purple Couches says
Jeanie – wow!!! This looks incredible! You made your own mouldings!? That is so cool; I can’t wait to see your technique. Thanks for sharing your makeover with our Merry Monday party!
Beautiful job antiquing the new table Jeanie! You did a great job, and you’re right-the color is perfect for Fall.
Hello! You did a GREAT job on that table.I looooooooove it! The color is so me.I use fall colors all year round.I never get tired of them.Now Question, I was with you on every step but one, and please tell us about the trim when you get a chance. I have NEVER BEEN ABLE TO CRAKEL! NO MATTER WHAT WERE, WHEN I DO IT.Maybe once I got the fine tiny crakel medium to work, but my gosh it souldn’t be so hard, and believe me I FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. PLEASE give me the name of that crakel you used!!!!!It was a nice big size too! I would OH SO LOVE TO KNOW! Thanks hun! Ava
Thanks Ava! I used Antique Crackle made by The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company. Here is my affiliate link to buy it on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ereKHK
Definiately looks like you added years to the oringinal piece! Thanks for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty 🙂
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