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What is an "Antique Glaze'?

Antiquing is the process of aging a surface to produce a time-worn appearance. There are many methods of antiquing objects, furniture, mural paintings and wall surfaces. These include paint effects, waxes, weathering, physical distressing and accent- antiquing that mimic the natural aging process by replicating such things as fly specks and worm holes.

Antique paint effects with glazes:

Generally, paint and glaze antiquing methods can be used universally on furniture, objects, murals, gilt surfaces, floors, painted ceilings and walls to create an aged look. The color combinations that create a ‘classic antique glaze’ remain the same whether using oil based (alkyd) or water based (acrylic) products.

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Classic Antique Glaze Recipe

We come up with a standardized mixing formula for a 'Classic Antique Glaze' that most closley represents the natural aged toning of objects over time. This umber/brown tone works well over objects and furniture, aging over gilded surfaces and anything you want to look older or time worn.

Mixing these 3 colors will create the 'Classic Antique Glaze' tone suitable for most any object needing some basic aging. Of course, you can play with the blending proportions, but we've found this ratio blend to be quite versatile.


3/5  Raw Umber
2/5  Burnt Sienna
1/5  Van Dyke Brown

Thinning your color glaze to the correct transparency.

Thinner- mineral spirits (oil-based) or water (water-based). View chart below.

Varying the amount of thinner will adjust the darkness or lightness of the antique glaze.

This recipe can be used alone or adjusted for specific decorative finishing jobs with the addition of a glaze coat,  or varnish. Some decorative treatments, including color washing, rag-rolling, marbling and wood graining, require the use of glaze coat.


Quick Chart: Proper use of colorants

Glaze Method Colorant Uses Solvent
Oil Glaze Artist Oil Paint Furniture, Objects, Fine Art painting, Crackle Effects Mineral Spirits/ Turpenoid
Japan Pigment Furniture, Objects, Mineral Spirits/ Turpenoid
Universal Tinter Furniture, objects, Marbling, Decorative Glazing, Wood-graining, Murals, Faux finishes Mineral Spirits/ Turpenoid
Acrylic Glaze Artist Acrylic. Furniture, Objects, Fine Art Painting   Water
Universal Tinter Furniture, objects, Marbling, Decorative Glazing, Wood-graining, Murals, Faux finishes Water

Note; For large areas, walls and specialty finishes, the addition of glaze coat and/or varnish will be necessary.


Additional Antiquing and Distressing techniques

Weathering Antiquing process that exposes the item or surface being treated to the natural elements. Driftwood is an example of the natural weathering process of wood exposed to salt water and air of the ocean. Methods like sanding, and pickling or bleaching can result in effective weathered appearances.  Burying objects in the ground for periods of time is a common practice to weather objects.

Physical distressing Most commonly employed to antique furniture and objects, physical distressing is controlled abuse applied to an object or furniture piece. Methods of physical distressing include the use of chains, hammers, nails and sandpaper.  In attempting to mimic the effect of natural wear and tear on an object, always keep in mind what would occur naturally to the piece over time. Slightly rounded corners, scuffed up legs and edges, worn handles, dings and dents all over. Worm holes  are produced by the random nail hole, driven in then removed.

Fly Specks replication of the tiny specks left by fly droppings. Commonly seen on frames and furniture, fly specks can add an authentically antique appearance. Fly specks are creating using the spattering technique and are randomly applied over entire object.

Worm Holes Primarily used in furniture and frames. This process simulates the holes that have been created by woodworms over extended periods of time. Using a hammer and a small nail, holes are created by driving the nail randomly into the surface, then removing the nail. Remember not to go too deep and to keep the pattern irregular.


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