Give ordinary wood the charm of old age.
I love the look of old paint—I’ve often tried to capture it in new furniture I’ve made. I’m not trying to build fake antiques, however. I’m just trying to create a simple look that has the charm of old age.
I’m also a big fan of using salvaged lumber. It’s often free for the taking, but of course it comes with nail holes, cracks, chips and other defects. When I build a new project, I often start with a hodgepodge of boards. The secret to blending them together is to use paint. Here’s my recipe.
Begin by softening every edge, as if it been handled for years (Photo 1). Next, rough up exposed surfaces a bit with a classic faker’s tool: a bunch of keys and other hardware attached to a chain (Photo 2).
To simulate years of grit, apply an acrylic texturing compound (Photo 3). You can leave it thick or smooth it out with a sponge.
Apply your favorite paint (Photo 4). I often use green because, well, it’s a “green” object, right?
Lastly, mute the paint’s color and add some grime by applying a glaze (Photo 5). Use your brush to work the glaze around until your project looks natural and well-loved.
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