The furniture of a house, speaks a lot about the taste of its owner. Antique or weathered furniture has an unbeatable glamor, I agree, but it also has a price. You don't only need to burn a hole in your pocket, but the searching takes just as much from you! Now, what you can do is; do it yourself! Instead of taking so much effort, you can distress furniture at home itself. If you have been wondering how to make furniture look weathered, let me tell you, it's quite easy. The process is called distressing. By distressing, you give your furniture (in literal terms), marks of wear. There are many ways in which you can do this, some of which are mentioned below.
Ideas to Make Furniture Look Distressed
There are many ways to get weathered looking furniture. The two most common ways to distress pieces of furniture are, with the help of paint, and with the help of wax. Both these methods are described below. Choose the one that seems the best suited for your furniture and get that distressed looking furniture at a fraction of the cost.
One of the popular ways to make home furniture look weathered is using sandpaper and paint. The things that you will need for this method are low-grit sandpaper, 2 shades of latex paint, a paint roller and brushes, white primer, paint trays, rags, and water. All these things are easily available in the market, and they are cheap, so you don't need to worry.
First sand the furniture with the coarse sandpaper. The surface of weathered furniture should always be rough. The sandpaper will help to get rid of the surface shine, which is easily seen in new furniture. Apply one coat of primer to the entire furniture, let dry. If you see the surface of the furniture even after it has completely dried, apply another coat, let dry. Apply one layer of paint, the shade you use now should be light. Let the paint dry, if it seems too faint after drying, apply another coat. Pour the other shade of paint into the paint tray, add water to it until diluted. Make sure the paint does not become runny. Apply the paint horizontally, so that it does not drip. Apply a little amount of darker paint on one area of the furniture and immediately wipe it. This will make the paint stay on the rough spots, making the piece of furniture look weathered. Work on one entire side of the furniture, let it dry completely and only then rotate the furniture and work on the other side. You can cover the blotchy areas with the diluted paint.
By using wax, you surely can make wood furniture look weathered. I am sure all of you must be wondering how wax can make anything look weathered. Well, wax will peel away some of the paint, which will make the furniture weathered! All you need for this method of weathering furniture is hard wax (even candle wax will do), any coat of paint and primer. To start with, first paint the entire piece of furniture with the primer and let it dry completely. Do not start the second step until the base coat has completely dried. When it dries, rub the piece of wax over the furniture, not the entire furniture, just in a few places in the form of patches or streaks. Drawers, handles, hands of the couch are some places that generally weather naturally, so apply wax especially to these areas. Now apply the other coat of paint over the wax and immediately rub it with a scrubber pad or steel wood, your work is done!
I hope the techniques mentioned above help you in making your furniture look weathered. Do not go overboard as it can damage the furniture. Also clean the furniture regularly to maintain the weathered look. So now that you know the different ideas of making furniture look weathered, you do not need to burn a hole in your pocket buying antique furniture!