Creating a Distressed Effect Furniture Paint

Distrressed Furniture Paint

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Refinishing old furniture is one mode to save money and furnish a room using an interesting item. There are several ways to do this. Distressed furniture has become rather popular and looks especially good in a country setting. All the same, you can be seeing several such pieces in modern-day environments, often adding charm to the rest of the furnishings. If you find a piece of furniture having good lines but the finish is not perfect, you could consider a crackle finish to make it look even more aged but fine-looking than it is.

 Crackle Finish

This is a glazed finish that appears as though the painted surface is cracked totally. The appearance is like that of a broken eggshell. Crackle glaze originated in France in the 18th century. It was inspired by the Japanese Raku pottery and lacquer finish of imported Oriental ceramics. Today it's utilized by faux finishers to add faded quality to a painted piece of furniture, moldings, picture and mirror frames.

How to Do It

The process involves applying two interacting varnishes over each other. Ready-made crackle lacquer is sold in art stores as a pack of two varnishes. You will also need transparent oil glaze, raw umber oil paint (those that come in small tubes), and cheese cloth.

1. Begin with a painted piece in a color of your choice. It can be painted using any base like latex or oil enamel. The piece must be clean from dirt by first sanding lightly.

2. Apply the oil-based varnish using a smooth, thin layer. Allow the varnish dry until slightly tacky.

3. Brush on a coat of water-based varnish, covering up the entire surface entirely. Leave paint to dry for at least an hour. Cracks would appear.

4. To emphasize the cracks and give the piece an antiqued look, mix a minor amount of raw umber with a tablespoonful of transparent oil glaze. Use the cloth to rub the mixture throughout the surface.

5. Rub away the surplus without removing it from the cracks. Leave this to dry for many days. You can then employ a coat of oil-based varnish if you want or just wipe it all over using a damp sponge, leaving traces of color in the cracks.

6. If you prefer to use a particular color, you can either paint the background in that color or use the color instead of raw umber to give the cracks a brighter look.


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