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Some furniture remains in our possession for decades. Over time, trends change and evolve. The wonderful thing about furniture is that we can bring it back to life with Colorantics chalk based paint. Marie shares her story with us about a chest that she has owned for 30 years. She gives it a 3rd life. At one time her mother had made it beautiful by using her favorite colour of the moment, the colour of blue jeans.

For this new transformation, we explain how to gave it an antique look while partly retaining its previous colour.

chest before

Step 1 – Prepare the work surface

We proceeded to do a light sanding, then cleaned the surface with the Cleaner and Varnish remover, in order to remove the varnish that was on the piece of furniture.

Step 2 – Apply the desired color

When the surface is dry, we can apply the desired color. Apply 2 coats and let dry between coats. 20 minutes should be sufficient for drying.

Step 3 – Give it an antique look

To give an antique appearance to a piece of furniture, several methods are at your disposal. One of them is to simply sand the paint in strategic places. You can sand a little more in some places and very little in others to give it a worn look.

Step 4 – Protect the surface of the furniture

Once everything is finished it is very important to protect the surface. In this case, 2 coats of varnish are applied. It is always important to leave enough time to dry between coats.

And there you go! Now you know how to easily give an antique effect to a piece of furniture.


Sarina Bernard


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