Tools & Tips: Creating a Vintage Look with Paint

From on June 16, 2008 in Painting

paintbrushesPaint may easily be a homeowner’s best friend because with paint you can achieve so many decorative looks. Painting to reveal that vintage feel, whatever classic time you’re after, is just another in the long list of paint possibilities.

We’ve discussed faux finishes in the past and shown that a faux finish can create a natural marble or hardwood look without any stone or wood. Faux finishes can be great in helping create a vintage feel as well: aged or distressed plaster, ragging, sponging, and more.

An easy way to create an old, vintage look is to use a rag to remove some random areas of paint while the surface is still wet. You could also use a sponge to do similar work or put a brighter base coat on and let it dry, then sponge on a darker finish coat, allowing the base coat to shine through. This is excellent in providing that old stucco or aged plaster look.

Vintage painting techniques are not only for walls. If it’s a vintage look you’re going for then you can paint your furniture (dressers, nightstands, vanities, cabinets, etc.) to really add texture to your vintage room. Common techniques for creating vintage furniture without buying vintage furniture are distressing, antiquing, and glazing. Distress the wood with a hammer, nails, sandpaper, whatever you want. (Just remember you’re trying to create not destroy, so keep the destruction minimal and calculated to the look you want.) Or you can apply a first layer of paint and distress it with an orbital sander or with sandpaper by hand in relevant areas such as corners, edges, and around knobs. Then you can apply a glaze, heavily, and wipe away excess to create your desired vintage look!

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