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There are many ways to do this but today I want to show you How to Antique a Desk in 4 easy steps! You might remember this desk I painted with Glidden High Endurance after which I decoupaged some scrapbook circles here and there with good ol’ Mod Podge.
As many methods there are to antiquing there are also various mediums and paints to choose from.
I chose Modern Masters matte metallic in bronze which might seem odd, antiquing with a metallic. However metallics have an easy flow because of the resins inherent in the paint.
Truth be told, I did try regular burnt umber acrylic paint mixed with a glaze as well as the metallic. Very similar colors but the metallic has tiny little shimmers in certain light without appearing obviously metallic.
How to Antique Desk in 4 Easy Steps
- glaze medium
- soft clean cloths (tee shirts cut up work great)
- large brush *optional
- palette knife for mixing
- foam plate or other container
To get the right ratio of paint to glaze will depend upon the glaze used as well as the paint so try a few samples in an area that isn’t highly visible.
With the metallic paint I only needed 1 part to 3 parts glaze. You might think you’ll lose intensity of color as often happens with glazes, but not with this matte metallic.
Step 2 – Brush or wipe the paint/glaze mixture on the desk
Apply the mixture in the direction of the wood grain, if any, and work in smaller sections. While the glaze increases the open time – the time paint stays wet – you don’t want an area drying before you have a chance to work with it.
Step 3 – Remove part of paint/glaze mixture with soft damp towel
How much to remove? It’s a “by-eye” thing. Remove more at first until you get the look you want because you can always add more glaze.
Step 4 – Repeat Step 3, allow to dry and seal
Seriously, that’s it! Such a simple process to totally makeover nearly anything.
Even though I used a satin polyurethane for sealing there was a lot of sheen. Of course it’s more durable than a matte sealer but I wound up moving the desk from in front of the window so it has the nice antique look I wanted.
Now the desk looks old but not neglected.
Antiquing is one of the easiest ways to update and refresh a piece of furniture while still maintaining the aged look.