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Furniture Antiquing 

Ideally suited for kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities and almost any piece of furniture. Create a polished ivory look, or a Classic French striee with this glazing recipe and technique.

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Masking tip: 
Always test an area to be taped before beginning the masking job. Wallpaper is particularly susceptible to tearing. Lacquer and varnish surfaces on furniture may come off easily with the tape and the item could be severely damaged.



Creating an Asian theme on furniture
For use on: furniture, objects

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Antiquing Center Furniture Center Color Center Gilding Center
Basic Preparation for Furniture

Create your own Colors!

tuscan caribbean green ocean blue
mexican red celadon green terre-cotte

Custom color blends
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Color Palette!

  New unfinished furniture  
  Old unfinished furniture  
  New painted, stained, varnished or waxed furniture  
  To re-paint furniture
  To stain or varnish
  Old painted, varnished, stained or waxed furniture  
  To re-paint furniture
  To stain or varnish
Creating a Dark Walnut or Ebony stain color.

Previously painted furniture

If the furniture you are working on has an existing coat of paint or varnish then you’ll need to give the furniture a light sanding first to remove the top layer of existing finish to allow the base color paint to adhere.

Painting and staining over unfinished wood

You can sand or strip the finish off, getting down to the raw wood, allowing you to stain the furniture with wood stains in a variety of tones, from deep Ebony to a lighter wood tone, like Fruit Wood or Birch. You would then need to apply a sealer over the stain. The whole piece can be sealed with a satin sheen sealer, like polyurethane or varnish.

Creating a hand rubbed appearance using waxes

To give the piece a hand rubbed look us tinted Bree wax, in a dark brown or black color, found at most good paint supply stores. Rub on, let sit a moment then polish off. This gives a light antique effect as well as a hand rubbed appearance.

Creating an Antique Ivory Finish

Another option is to create a worn ivory effect. Paint a base color in an off-white tone, like Antique White or Linen White, in a latex eggshell finish paint. Follow the tutorial on this site for ‘Antiquing Furniture’ found at the artSparx Color Palette. The recipe will show you the colors combinations needed and the technique to follow. If you apply this in a loose, uncontrolled manner you can create a rustic, worn effect.

Accenting the furniture

Finish the piece off by adding an accent color, either a deep red or gold paint, to the drawer edges, or some other profile, to really accentuate an Asian theme.

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Great Wave
Great Wave
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Drum Bridge at Meguro
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Antiquing Gold Leaf

Add the finishing touched to your gold leaf surface!

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Latex Blend & Glaze Decorative Painting Liquid

A semi-translucent glazing and blending medium used to create faux finishes and decorative painting techniques. Mixes perfectly with interior latex paint, universal tints, or artist water colorants.

Quart $ 11.29


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Aluminum Leaf

Dutch Gold or
composition leaf

Aluminum Leaf imitates the illusion of genuine Silver, at a fraction of the cost. Each individual sheet is bigger and easier to handle then its genuine counter part.

The same applies for 'Dutch Gold', or 'Composition Leaf'. But due to the large brass content, this imitation gold must have a sealer applied to prevent tarnishing, unlike genuine gold leaf.


artSparx Book special

The Paint Effects Bible: 100 Recipes for Faux Finishes


The Paint Effects Bible:
100 Recipes for Faux Finishes

The Paint Effects Bible is a library of faux finishes: 100 of them. Each is described on a single spread with a large photograph of the finish plus step-by-step illustrations, an ingredients list, and detailed instructions for creating the effect.

A valuable source for professional and amateur decorators alike, this book comes in a handy, pocket-sized format with a concealed wire-binding that lays flat during use.

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