How To Antique Furniture In One Simple Step

24 Feb

So, if you’ve read many of the posts here on our Old Village Paint blog, you’ve realized that there are often several painting techniques you can choose to achieve the same effect.  Today, we’re going to talk about one of the simplest ways to antique a piece of furniture: dry brush graining.


We have a video for you today- but first we’ll go over the main steps.

For this effect we’re adding one layer of paint, to give the impression that the color we are adding is actually showing through the existing layer of paint on the piece.


  • Next, decide what locations on your furniture would most likely show wear if it had been used for several years.  If you’re not sure, look at some photographs of a similar type of old furniture online.  The places that would show the most wear are the places you’ll want to apply the new layer of paint.  One great rule of thumb is to pay special attention to edges.


  • Paint! Choose a brush, apply some paint, then brush most of it off to achieve a “dry brush” affect, and apply paint!




One Response to “How To Antique Furniture In One Simple Step”


  1. How To Get the Farmhouse Look | Old Village Paint - February 12, 2016

    […] 2. Use distressed wooden accents.  Notice both of the wooden tables and the kitchen shelves in the pictures above are made of wood that looks well loved.  You can look for pieces at antique shops and flea markets, or purchase a new piece and distress it yourself.  Here’s an older post to help you with this: How To Antique Furniture in One Simple Step.  […]

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