In this DIY tutorial, I show you an easy technique for antiquing furniture. Learn how to antique furniture with paint and stain to make.
In fact, I often apply stain over paint for antique look on white painted furniture to flip furniture for a profit.
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Table of Contents
- Video Tutorial
- Supplies Needed For Antiquing Furniture
- How To Antique Furniture with Paint and Stain
- Paint Furniture
- Distress Painted Furniture
- Wood Stain for Painted Furniture
- Stain Over Paint for Antique Look
- Remove Stain for Antique Look
- Protective Top Coat for Distressed Furniture
- Flipping Furniture for Profit
- Frequently Asked Questions
There are several things which are difficult to fully explain with words and images, so be sure to watch the video tutorial below.
Supplies Needed For Antiquing Furniture
So, let’s get started with a list of things I used for this project.Paint (White Satin)
Stain (Sun Bleached)
120 Grit Sandpaper
Polycrylic Liquid Finish
How To Antique Furniture with Paint and Stain
This antiquing furniture technique works on painted furniture.
So, this takes us to the first step.
First, paint the furniture with 2 coats of white paint.
More specifically, satin (eggshell) or semi-gloss sheens work best when using stain over paint for antique look.
Distress Painted Furniture
Next, use an orbital sander with 120 grit sandpaper to sand the corners and edges.
This allows the wood stain to penetrate in the exposed wood deeper, which adds to the distressed painted furniture look.
Basically, sand the areas which are naturally prone to wear and tear.
Essentially, the areas that get touched the most.
Wood Stain for Painted Furniture
Use a scrap piece of wood and paint it the same color as the furniture
Test various wood stains and waxes until you find the product that looks best to you.
Stain Over Paint for Antique Look
Next, I applied wood stain in small sections using a foam brush to areas which would naturally distress.
Keep in mind, you don’t need to be overly cautious when antiquing furniture with wood stain.
Remove Stain for Antique Look
To remove the stain, use a rag and wipe the area until most of the stain is removed.
Additionally, the stain darkens the white paint to produce a distressed and weathered look.
Also, work in small sections to prevent the stain from drying, which makes it difficult to remove.
Antiquing Furniture Tip
The amount of stain removed determines the antique and distressed look.
For a subtle antique look, wipe to remove more stain.
Wipe less to achieve a greater weathered and distressed look.
Protective Top Coat for Distressed Furniture
Apply a protective top coat, such as Polycrylic, to the distressed painted furniture and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Additionally, 3 coats work best to protect the distressed furniture from normal wear and tear.
Remember, apply thin coats to build up the finish rather than fewer thicker coats.
Flipping Furniture for Profit
Why am I talking about flipping furniture on craigslist?
Once you learn how to antique furniture with paint and stain, you can start a side hustle flipping furniture.
I purchased this desk for $75.00 on craigslist for my daughter’s room.
After I finished this furniture makeover project, a friend offered to purchase the desk for $500.
I calculated my profit margin to be roughly $400 after $25 dollars in materials.
Despite the nice profit margin based on 3 hours of my time, I declined the offer.
Maybe I’ll consider selling it after we use it for a few years.
I hope you learned how to antique furniture with paint and stain and it helps you with your next antiquing furniture project.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can you distress already painted furniture?
If you want to distress or antique already painted furniture, you can certainly do so. Just make sure the existing paint and stain produce the distressed look you want.
Latex paint is the best paint to use for distressing furniture with stain. Furthermore, satin, eggshell, and semi-gloss are the best sheens to use to control the amount of distressing.
To make white paint look distressed, simply add a dark wood stain to the paint with a rag, allow it to sit for 10 minutes, and then wipe it off with a rag. The stain penetrates the white paint leaving a distressed and weathered look.
To seal distressed painted furniture, use 3 coats of polycrylic.