I must admit that aging furniture is not as easy as one might think. There are several methods that you can use, to achieve an realistic aged look.When I started painting furniture, I actually felt pretty intimidated by using stain to age my pieces. First, I started experimenting with glaze, and move to just stain, once I start feeling more confident.
First, you need to decide what type of stain to use, I usually don’t go for a very dramatic change, so I have been using a lot of light stains, that add just a subtle color. The type of stain to use, also depends on what color the piece that you are planning to age, is painted. I do work with Dark or Special Walnut from Minwax on dark painted colors, and Golden oak, on light color pieces.
- stain, the color of your choice
- rags, lots of them, to wipe off the stain, make sure they are lint free. I usually buy mine at Home Depot or Lowes, and they are pretty inexpensive.
- chip brush, do not use your favorite brush for sure. I have a separate brush that I use only for this purpose.
- piece of furniture, preferably distressed
I started with a drawer on this particular project, as I always do. It is small enough to repaint in case something goes wrong
Use the brush to apply the stain, same way you would use it to paint
The time you leave it on, depends on the look you are going for..add more time if necessary. I usually go for a second coat of stain, if its not dark enough.
Wipe off the stain..I usually go in one direction, from left to right, and keep working my way down
Decide if you achieved the look you have been going for, and do the same steps on the entire piece you are working on..
Aging process is a relatively fast one, I usually finish a whole piece in about an hour, depending on the size, and the look.
Now, you can sit back, relax, and admire your piece..You can see the finished piece really soon (wink)