Trash to Treasure Tuesday—The AGED Edition

Welcome to Trash to Treasure Tuesday everyone! 

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.
aged 001

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! :))
aged 002

And ANOTHER example.   Do you think I have a problem?
aged 003

Now let us discuss “AGING ON.” 
aged 007 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. 
up, three 003Same 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.
aged 005Like this fabulous old window that I STILL haven’t accessorized. 

aged 006And this old nursing textbook that belonged to my great-grandmother. 

That finish is priceless. 

Link up those projects everyone, and have a GREAT Tuesday!

Trash to Treasure Tuesday Participants

1. Picture magnets and Dumpster find
2. gail@mrl more media center pieces
3. trash to treasure metal tray
4. Good Luck Picture (Red Heads Craft More Fun)
5. Erin K-Vintage Welcome Blockss
6. Decorating with your treasure @ SR&R
7. Decorating with your treasure
8. Bed Reveal @ SR&R
9. Bed Reveal @ SR&R
10. Pam
11. Plywood – the new Hard Wood
12. Cloche Display/Serving Stand @ Calamity Anne’s Adventures
13. Bunny Hop Hand Painted Word Blocks
14. yarn cuff/bracelet @ pastor’s girl’s ponderings
15. Red Sideboard @ Two Carolina Nesters
16. ### THE COUNTRY CHIC COTTAGE Sheet Music Rolls ###
17. Minnesota Boys Bedroom Makeover
18. TheCraftMonkey (Beachy Art)
19. Cookie Sheet Calendar
20. Glass Stone Frame @
21. Amy Butler Magnet Tutorial @ The Tidy Nest
22. 9 Foot Dining Table Redo @ My Dear Trash
23. Scrap Paper Notepads @ somewhat simple
24. Fabric Flower Headbands @ somewhat simple
25. Boys Army Bday Party @ somewhat simple
26. Burlap Flower Tutorial @ The Tidy Nest
27. m – tales from an oc cottage{a change of heart tutorial}
28. Antique Chairs Revamped (Jane @ Finding Fabulous)
29. Bulletin Board from Trash
30. Transform a shower curtain into a beach bag!
31. Make An I-Spy Book
32. $1 t-shirt refashion
33. Antique French desk reveal before and after!
34. Laundry Room Remodel @ Remodelaholic
35. Bon @ Drab to FAB..photog chair
36. Bon @ Drab to FAB Candlesticks
37. Joan@anythinggoeshere~ Easy, easy DIY Cloche
38. SCRAP Fabrics Bloom
39. NOT SO LAZY – Food Cans Transformation
40. NO-SEW Fabric Flower TUTORIAL
41. Yarn Wreath Re-do
42. A New Take on Family Rules @ My Backyard Eden
43. Susan
44. Susan
45. Thrift Store Placemat/Napkin Pillows
46. Gun Cabinet Redone ~Crafty Sisters
47. Asian Style Makeover
48. Garage Sale Rehab!
49. *** HOW-TO *** zafu MEDITATION pillow
50. *** HOW-TO *** Girl Craft: *** Cool Hair Ties
51. Framed Tin Ceiling Tile
52. My Cabinet Door Makeover – Jen @ Noting Grace
53. PB Platter Chalkboards/Molly @ thecreativemaven
54. ~picture block 2~ Jennifer @ all things pink and crafty
55. Brooke
56. Kathleen
57. Time, Oh Give Me Time @ Rob’s World
58. Vintage Chest Redo-Readers Vote!
59. a pedastal of my own
61. Faux Stone Painted Laminate Counter Top
62. CyberReno’s – Storage Jars
63. Hang Those Princess Clothes Up
64. Kara (Decorating a blank wall)
65. baseball nursery
66. Nine is Fine-Life with nine kids
67. Burlap Bunnines from the little green bean
68. Karli – Toile Chair Redo
69. tatertots & jello {Anthro Nautical Necklace}
70. Amy @ All Things Home (Basket of Bottles)
71. Single Nester Picture Frame Necklace Organizer
72. Luck Frames…Beckie @ ProjectsPinchingPennies
73. My Frugal Lifestyle {Cereal Box to Magazine Organizer}
74. KelleysFamilyJewels
75. Laundry Room FaceLift@Thrifty and Chic Motif
76. craft for sanity
77. Twine Ruffled Frame {All Thingz Related}
78. Door Turned Headboard
79. Amanda@ImperfectlyBeautiful(thrift store bench makeover)
80. Creating a Peaceful Home (Aged Farmhouse Table)
81. Celeste @ Cottage Dreamers
82. Aged Vanity Bench Makeover
83. Goodwill, Pillsbury Sweet Rolls and a Giveaway
84. Emily at NotionsonNesting
85. **A SpRiNg in your step**
86. Bibbidi Bobbidi Beautiful (PB inspired bulletin board)
87. Bibbidi Bobbidi Beautiful (Lamp makeover and a Giveaway!)
88. Sprucing Up an Old Window at Perfectly Imperfect
89. Savvy Chick Home
90. Pass the Plate
91. Tiffany ~ Vintage Victor Record Cabinet
92. FUNKY dresser re-do!
93. Dollar Store Glass Projects @ Design-Aholic
94. Thrift Store Dresser Overhaul
95. DIY baby legs with matching scrappy hair bows
96. Hot Wheels Garage from Recyclables (kidoozy)
97. gail’s media center is finally done
98. Back yardFind @ Back at the Hive
99. Ronnie Tucker
100. $ Tree frame re-do at Eventually Cottage
101. Ronnie Tucker
102. Wonderful World of Spraypaint@ThriftyAndChicDecor
103. White Weathered Dining Table
104. Bag Lady…
105. Patricia
106. Whiteserenade
107. scrap wood “be” blocks inspired by Emilie
108. Charm of the Carolines
109. Andrea

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22 thoughts on “Trash to Treasure Tuesday—The AGED Edition

  1. I like aging projects that involve my palm sander and smacking the items with boards, nails, etc. What a stress buster – it’s better than therapy!

    For painted on items, I like antiquing glaze. It’s like the watered down glaze you used in your projects, but it already comes watered down if that makes sense.

  2. I, too, have an issue with glaze. The first step to acceptance is admitting you have a problem – right? :) Your things are gorgeous! I may have to try the Ralph Lauren glaze!!! I am a first time linker to your party!!! I “ReInvented” some old mirrors I found at thrifts stores and a bunch of old frames – all with paint and glaze! LOVE your blog!!!

  3. I’m joining your party again…thanks for hosting!

    I have a question about your 2 plates on display: Are you using 2 plate easels? I just bought a small round plate with my initial, and thought I would display like you do, so it caught my eye. I ‘m not sure how to get it close to my back plate…

  4. I am a new visitor (and now follower) to your blog…LOVE it! I’m am a reinventer myself…great work and looking forward to keeping up with the blog and all the great ideas!

  5. we’ve developed a technique that gives all of our artwork an aged look, and really gives the pieces this awesome texture and dimension. it’s so much fun to see what comes out of it. and it just doesn’t look finished or ‘right’ without it! but sorry, I’m not sharing my ancient family secrets! :-)

  6. “My least favorite part of aging? The texture that the years seem to add to my face, replacing the smooth finish.”
    LOL! I saw that great picture of you a few post back. You still have your smooth finish.
    Great post! You’ve got me thinking about glaze again.
    I’m going to figure out this whole linky thing!!! I think I’ve crashed the party without bringing any beer!

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