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You Will Need
- Crackle medium
- Flat or satin finish
- Electric sander (optional)
Sand the wood
Sand the wood to allow the paint to stick. Use a fine-grit sandpaper. Smooth corners and uneven areas to create a distressed look.
Add dents and scratches using a hammer, screwdriver, and chisel to give the wood character and add an illusion of wear and tear.
Start with a dark base color
Use a paintbrush to apply a dark base color sparingly and in a sporadic pattern to convey aging and time-induced water damage. Wipe away any excess paint before it dries.
Apply your main color
Apply your main paint color from the top of the wood toward the bottom. Allow the brush to run dry to create a worn appearance. Use a rag to remove excess paint before it dries.
Apply a crackle medium
Apply a crackle medium sparingly over the areas that would naturally see sun or water damage. Paint over the dried crackle and allow the paint to chip and crack.
Leave it natural
Leave the wood unfinished or protect it with a satin or flat finish to give it a muted, antique appearance. Display your newly aged furniture for friends and family to gawk at in wonder.