How to Antique-paint Furniture

Antique furniture adds instant class to any room. Unfortunately the cost of such beautiful pieces can add an instant crunch to the wallet, and waiting for the pieces to age themselves can take years. These issues no longer need to be an obstacle. Faux painting techniques are easy to use and the supplies are available at most hardware stores. Furniture antiquing is simple. This step-by-step guide will show you how to use faux paint to create beautiful looking antique furniture.

Faux furniture antiquing

Step 1

Cover your work area with a drop cloth and secure using painter's tape. Cover any other items near the work area to protect from dust, paint drips and over spray.

Step 2

Lightly sand the surface of the furniture to be antiqued. This will remove dirt and rough up the old sealer, allowing paint to easily adhere to the surface. Wipe off sanding dust using a clean dry rag.

Step 3

Apply a coat of acrylic paint to your furniture. Allow the paint to dry. Apply additional coats for complete coverage.

Step 4

Apply antiquing glaze over the painted surface using a sponge brush. Work in small areas. Immediately wipe the excess glaze away using paper towels. The acrylic pant color will shadow through the glaze.Continue to apply and wipe away the glaze until the entire piece has been covered. A second coat of glaze can be added for a darker finish. Allow the glaze to dry.

Step 5

Apply a coat of clear acrylic sealer to the antiqued surface. Allow the sealer to dry. Repeat with at least two more sealer coats.

Things You Will Need

  • Plastic drop cloth
  • Painter's tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Clean dry rag
  • Acrylic paint (color of choice)
  • Antiquing glaze (color of choice)
  • Sponge brush
  • Paper towels
  • Clear acrylic spray sealer


  • Choose a light color for the base.
  • Choose an earthy darker tone for the glaze.


  • Always spray paint in a well-ventilated area.

About the Author

Judy Williams has spent more than six years of her writing career as a video-game reviewer at MMORPG.com and a fiction writer for "Equinox" magazine. She enjoys writing about culture, folklore, mythology and religion. Williams graduated from Lindenwood University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and sociology. She is currently completing a Master of Arts in history with an emphasis in museum studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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