Looking to give your newly painted piece an antique look? Today I’m showing you how to age furniture and I promise you, you won’t believe how simple it is to do!
You may remember this gorgeous DIY Trumeau Mirror that hubs and I created a few weeks ago for our Master Bedroom. I’d been eyeing this style of mirror up for ages, but each time I happened to come across one in my travels, I’d be forced to walk away from it by a price tag that was always so much more than I could bring myself to spend. Honestly, it broke my heart a little each and every time. Unfortunately, this seems to be the story of my life (what can I say? I have
great expensive taste!).
Luckily, with the help of this blog, we’ve found (or made) our own opportunities to break down those barriers and find ways to make exactly what we’ve been coveting. We’ve actually been creating (or re-creating) our own projects for more than a year now, yet somehow I’m always so slow to realize that I can usually make my own version of whatever it is I’ve been eyeing up for a fraction of the cost. Why do I let myself want for something for so long when it literally takes hours and just a few dollars to knock it out? It would seem I’m a slow learner. But, I swear I’ll catch on one of these days!
This mirror is one of my very favourite projects to date and it’s definitely no secret that it’s totally stolen my heart!
It really did turn out even better than I had dreamed it would and I absolutely adore all of the beautiful details!
It didn’t really have that historic feel I had imagined. It felt like a new piece, when I was looking for an old piece. Not to mention the fact that all of those lovely details didn’t quite stand out as much as I had hoped.
I was pretty sure I knew what I needed to do about it. It needed some antiquing – my sanding and distressing just weren’t cutting it.
Now, I have to be honest with you, I was absolutely terrified I was going to ruin this beautiful piece. It was pretty darn tempting to just leave well enough alone.
I mean why mess with a good thing?
Sure, it could look amazing. But, it could also look terrible.
I’m embarrassed to admit this, but this literally consumed my thoughts for a week. #firstworldproblems
Then, Periscope came along – have you heard of it? It’s actually a ton of fun. Basically, users “broadcast” videos in real time for the whole world to see. I’ve spent countless hours watching my fave bloggy friends! It’s really been such a great way to get to know them on a whole new level! Anyway, in my excitement to jump on board with my own first broadcast and perhaps a bit of fear that I had nothing really worthwhile to share, I decided – on a whim – to just go for it.
So, I set it all up and went to town antiquing my beloved DIY Trumeau Mirror.
On camera. Live. For the first time ever.
What was I thinking?!
Things went okay. Nobody died (of embarrassment or awkwardness obviously). But, I did learn a few things the hard way with my very first Periscope broadcast:
one. Do not pick up the phone after setting it up for the perfect video view – you may just end up broadcasting your bum the entire time! #truestory
two. Do not let yourself get so nervous that you forget to greet your friends that took the time to join you – sorry guys, let me say a HUGE thank you now!
three. Do not rush off the camera before answering all of the questions you ignored while everyone was stuck watching said bum – again, sorry guys, will take more time to enjoy the interaction next time!
Despite the lesson learning listed above, I really did have a blast “scoping” with everyone and, now that I’ve got those first time jitters out of the way, I cannot wait to do it again!
And, just in case you’re the type that likes to watch a train wreck in the making, here’s a link to my broadcast. For the record, it doesn’t show the comments, so if it looks as though I’m talking to myself, I promise you, I’m not.
Anyway, back to the actual point of this post…
Turns out, adding a bit of age and character with Vintage Storehouse’s Antiquing Powder was easy as pie.
There were just a few materials I needed to get started:
– furniture wax
– Antiquing Powder from Vintage Storehouse (I used Wrought Iron)
– stiff bristled brush (I used an old make up brush I had laying around)
– lint free cloth or paper towel
– mineral spirits
Following this fantastic video tutorial from Kelsey at Vintage Storehouse, I started by waxing my piece (Kelsey has a brilliant trick for this!). I did this in stages as it’s really important that the wax is a bit wet so that the Antiquing Powder has something to stick too.
With the top portion of my mirror waxed, it was time to add some Antiquing Powder. I gently dipped my brush into the powder and swirled it around a bit in the lid to work in all of the loose stuff, which helps to cut down a bit on waste (ask me how I learned this!).
I liberally brushed the powder onto the waxed area of my mirror, which looked just as overwhelming and scary as Kelsey had promised it would in her video tutorial. I made a point of pushing the powder into all of the nooks and crannies, where dust would typically settle on a true antique.
Thankfully, with just a bit of mineral spirits worked into a paper towel, the excess powder was easily wiped away. I actually found it really easy to control what was left behind simply by applying a bit more or less pressure – the more pressure I applied, the more powder I removed. In some areas I ended up removing more than I had intended, so I simply dusted on a bit more powder and blended it into the piece with a lighter touch. I absolutely loved how easy it was to play around with!
Here’s where I ended up:
I am head over heels in love with how this turned out (thank goodness)!!! It brings so much character to our master bedroom!
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Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!