Today I’d like to talk about AGED FINISHES. I sound like your middle school social studies teacher, don’t I?
When you transform your trash to treasures with paint, do you always “weather” or “age” the finish?
If so, what techniques do YOU use?
I have been known to use a couple of different techniques to age painted pieces. I like to call them “AGE ON”, and “AGE OFF.”
Here’s an example of aging ON. I’m sure you’ve tried this one; painting an object, sanding some of the paint off, then adding some stain or glaze to give that old, weathered effect. You can also just rough the finish up with sand paper and not add the glaze if you’d like. I just LOOOVE me some glaze.
And some “B”s.
Here’s a picture from before I fell in love with Ralph Lauren glaze. I used some watered down brown paint to age the finish on our door turned headboard. (I didn’t sand this at all because if we ever sell this house, the door will be repainted and hung back in its original location! :))
And ANOTHER example. Do you think I have a problem?
Now let us discuss “AGING ON.”
I achieved this weathered look by adding a light coat of paint to a dark object. The frame was dark brown. A quick, uneven coat of Heirloom White, and I got just what I was looking for.
Same thing here. This basket of ivy was looking pretty dark and boring. A quick dry brush of leftover paint perked up the look and highlighted the texture.
That’s my favorite part of aging, the added TEXTURE it brings to a room full of smooth finishes.
My least favorite part of aging? The texture that the years seem to add to my face, replacing the smooth finish.
Of course, there’s nothing better, in my book, than finding something PERFECTLY AGED already.
Like this fabulous old window that I STILL haven’t accessorized.
And this old nursing textbook that belonged to my great-grandmother.
That finish is priceless.
Link up those projects everyone, and have a GREAT Tuesday!