How to make a beautiful antique paint finish
June 07, 2013
Everyone loves a good antique paint finish. And it's so easy to do yourself. Use it to breathe new life into an old piece of furniture, or as a way of giving character to something boring. At Seven Boot Lane we're collecting / making bits of furniture to fit out our new store which opens in August. We want them to look honest and individual, so they feel they have been used and loved for years.
So here's the Seven Boot Lane step-by-step guide to antique paint finishing. Let's start with the ingredients:
Paint - we used Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint - beautiful stuff, basically liquid chalk, amazing for furniture or floors
Sanding blocks - medium grade, we found the slightly spongy black variety to be easiest to use
Dust masks - very important, and don't get the really cheap ones
Wax - we used Annie Sloan's Soft Wax
Brushes and soft cloths
Assorted metal items to bash up your furniture (if you're after the distressed look)
We finished two things - an old wooden double sided ladder, which we want to put shelves on to use as a display, and some brand new trestles (£25 from Ikea - good value, nice quality, low on personality). We're going to put an old zinc table top on these.
If you need to, take off any existing paint you don't want to show on your piece, as we did with the ladder. You can go heavy-handed with the sandpaper (or power sander). If you don't mind some of the existing layers showing through at the end, just sand it enough for the paint to have something to grip onto.