Using 2 paint colors, how do you get the antique look?

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  • Ann Ann on May 31, 2017
    First go online and collect images of what antique look you are going for. Then Hometalkers can gladly tell you how to get that exact look. The good news is most of the time it is an easy process! For example, these chalkboard frames are crackle painted with craft paint in one color, then Elmer's glue, then craft paint in a contrasting color.
  • C.B. C.B. on Jun 01, 2017
    You can also put 'dings' & 'scrapes' in the wood, paint on the first color so that it gets down into the dents/dings & scrapes...let it dry...then sand lightly & paint on the second color. Let the second coat dry & then take a wood block wrapped in sand paper & lightly sand over the surface so that it exposes some areas of the color underneath; make sure you sand the edges in places and the corners [even to the point of rounding them off exposing the wood underneath] then top coat in a clear finish.
  • Marcie Marcie on Jun 04, 2017
    To get a true antique look, it takes some artistry. Being an artist, I want it to look as authentic as I can. So I think through . An true antiqued piece does not neccessarily age evenly. The layers of paint that show through are also a good way to say "old", but you can achieve an authentic look by not over doing one technique. If you use a crackle paint, do it sparingly and in areas where it the piece might have been exposed to more wear or weather. Dry brush as you get the top coat towards the edges, and use sandpaper to "age", but please, don't over rely on sandpaper. And use a fine sandpaper so you don't see that you sandpapered. Natural wear comes from years of wear, so to "wear" the edges, use a fine sandpaper, and sand/sand/sand. You want to "rub " off the paint in aging it, not just sand if off quickly.
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