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How to Give Wood an Antique Look

Watch more Great Craft Ideas videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to give that wood table or chair an antique appearance using these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Sand the wood Sand the wood to allow the paint to stick. Use a fine-grit sandpaper. Smooth corners and uneven areas to create a distressed look. Tip Use an electric sander to make the process easier. Step 2: Add marks Add dents and scratches using a hammer, screwdriver, and chisel to give the wood character and add an illusion of wear and tear. Step 3: Start with a dark base color Use a paintbrush to apply a dark base color sparingly and in a sporadic pattern to convey aging and time-induced water damage. Wipe away any excess paint before it dries. Tip The dark base shouldn't cover the wood completely -- just hit the high areas that would see the most damage. Step 4: Apply your main color Apply your main paint color from the top of the wood toward the bottom. Allow the brush to run dry to create a worn appearance. Use a rag to remove excess paint before it dries. Step 5: Apply a crackle medium Apply a crackle medium sparingly over the areas that would naturally see sun or water damage. Paint over the dried crackle and allow the paint to chip and crack. Step 6: Leave it natural Leave the wood unfinished or protect it with a satin or flat finish to give it a muted, antique appearance. Display your newly aged furniture for friends and family to gawk at in wonder. Did You Know? The office desk of the President of the United States was carved out of wood from the HMS Resolute, a British ship, and was presented to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880 by Queen Victoria.
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