A STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL ON HOW TO ANTIQUE YOUR PAINTED FURNITURE WITH A GLAZE!
Hi sweet #sifamily! Some of you may have followed this fun makeover on my Insta and FB Stories. It’s a restyle from a broken vanity into a set of gorgeous glazed antiqued nightstands. This is a true Furniture Fixer Upper Project which is perfect for today’s FFU Day! I’ll be sharing my talented FFU Crews makeovers and tutorials at the bottom of today’s post!
I found this vintage vanity on FB Marketplace and drove an hour each way to pick it up. I love the shape and style. It’s such a pleasure to work on these vintage pieces. I was waking up in the morning excited to get down to my studio.
The seller said the mirror had been broken and thrown away years ago and the backboard and wood appliques were falling off. But, I looked at the positive. The body was sturdy and the bones of the piece were still in fabulous shape. And look at those curves and details, right?!
So, I decided to take it apart and create two one-of-a-kind-nightstands.
What do you think?
I did my best to keep an antique/vintage vibe while adding interest and character. Don’t laugh at me, but they remind me of little sister mermaids or old treasure chests under the sea.
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ANTIQUING WITH GLAZE::
For some reason, I don’t use glaze as often as I’d like but it can be a game-changer in transforming furniture. It’s easy to use. And if you apply a slip-coat (more on this below) before using tinted glaze, it’s also very forgiving. If you don’t like something, you can wipe it off and try again!
I started by dismantling the middle from the two sides and then patching the nail holes with Dixie Belle’s Mudd.
Once everything was cleaned, sanded, and primed, I painted two coats of this Dried Sage.
Tip~ To make sure I don’t miss any spots and give my furniture a professional look, whenever possible, I turn the piece over to get all angles and paint the underside.
Once the paint was 100% dry, I created a “slip-coat” for my glaze. A slip coat can be a temporary or permanent barrier before applying another product. For instance, I’ve used water (on a damp sponge) on wood before applying a water-based stain to give me an easy application and a more even finish. I’ve used mineral spirits before applying oil-based stains. Or in the case of glaze, I’ve used a clear glaze and/or a poly topcoat to give me a forgiving surface to work on. Another great example is using clear wax before applying dark wax. It helps ‘erase’ any mistakes you might make in the process instead of having the product sink in permanently right away.
I wanted a little playtime for my glazes so I sprayed one coat of DB Satin Clear Coat.
Here’s the fun part. It looks intimidating but it’s really not because there’s no right or wrong. You just keep playing with the glazes until you like what you see.
- I applied DB Black Glaze (just get the product on…it doesn’t have to look good!)
- I added this Palmetto + In The Navy 50/50 mix that I had leftover from my Ikea project
- I added DB VanDyke Brown Glaze around the edges
- Then kind of smushed it around as you see in image #4 adding the color where I want it
- With a shop towel, I started dabbing off the product and mixing the glazes
- Taking a NEW shop towel, I removed any access until I had the antique look I was after
Here they are in progress. I used a blue/green paint-glaze along with VanDyke Brown but ANY color can be mixed with glazes. If you want a ‘true’ color of the paint you’re using, you would mix it with a clear glaze. If you want an antiqued version, mixing it with a black or brown can dull it down and give a subtle effect.
For the finishing touch, I added this *NEW Golden Gemstone Mousse to the hardware, details, and rims on the legs. And a little brown wax around the edges.
I debated about the backboard and decided to keep it. It adds extra character and hides the gap where the mirror once was.
I’m really happy with how they turned out!
And now for some FURNITURE FIXER UPPER FUN!
I know you’re going to LOVE what this creative team of girls do.
Below are their BEFORE photos – visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and to learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek right now myself! x
1. Antiquing With Glaze – Salvaged Inspirations
2. Vintage Secretary Desk Makeover – Confessions of a Serial DIY’er
3. Two-Color Furniture Paint Makeover – Petticoat Junktion
4. Paint Stripes Dresser – Girl In The Garage
Here’s one last look at this before and after…
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS ANTIQUED GLAZED FINISH… OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting my friends!
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