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.

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.”

aged 007I 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.

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!

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

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