Oh friends I am so excited to be able to share a tip to make all of the new or refurbished furniture look old and chip[py without a sander! Yes, you heard that right!
Do you have a table that you love but, you want it to look antique and worn in? There are so many ways to achieve this look. There are some that include power tools and some that include special paint. Not everyone has access to these items or wants to go buy a special paint for a project. I have you fix friends! Most of us DIY’ers have chalk paint laying around the house and school glue. School glue? Yes it is the key ingrediant to making a table look worn in.
Let’s gather our materials for this simple and easy project!
Now time to get started!
2. Once you have wiped down your item and it is fully dry. You are ready to begin.
3. Start out by working in sections. Since I am doing this on a round coffee table. I started on the edges, halfway around.
4. Your will apply glue to your paint brush. Then you will apply to an area in strokes on your item.
5. Now that your glue is applied you can either let it dry on it’s on or you can do what I did a use a blowdryer to speed up the drying time. You will want your glue to get almost dry but, still tacky. This does not take long especially with the blowdryer.
6. Once your glue is almost dry, you will then take your other paint brush and dip it into your chalk paint and apply on the area with the glue. TIP: Try not to over apply the paint. You will want to go back over it because the glue will make the paint look raised. That is how it is suppose to look. Trust the process.
7. Now let’s watch the magic happen! As the paint and the glue begin to dry, it will start to crackle. The crackled paint will give you the aged look of the item. I like to apply more the one coat to a piece, so I use the blowdryer here too. Plus I like to watch the paint crackle.
8. Let each coat dry an hour before applying other coat. You will use the same process to apply more coats.
9. Once you are happy with the color of your item. I suggest letting it dry overnight if you want to apply a clear wax or antiquing wax for sealing. I used an antiquing wax and a towel to get into those cracks that were created for that really worn-in look. Apply the wax and wipe away the excess. Repeat until you achieve a look that you love….let it dry really well!
10. Finally….you are ready to STYLE
Simple and easy friends, plus it is really fun watching how something as simple as school glue we have used since a kid can really change a piece of furniture. Budget-friendly and gives us a unique look!
I hope sharing this tip will help you give back the antique look to a special piece in your home! If you try it, I would love to have you share it with us! Looking for more DIY Projects, check them out here! Shop our home and products I used to style this space over on our Like.to.Know.it page.
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