How Do You Use Antiquing Kits on Furniture?


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Antiquing kits have various colors and combinations and typically include a base enamel and a coordinated or contrasting glaze, according to HowStuffWorks. Sound flat or glass enamel, lacquer finish, shellac or varnish can be treated with glaze.

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Find transparent antiquing glaze in white, black or gold or in muted tones of umber and burnt sienna. A higher contrast between the base and glaze and a brighter glaze color produces a more antiqued furniture. Make sure that the furniture is clean and in good condition. Sand and seal the wood when antiquing an unfinished furniture. Clean the wood properly, and treat it with sanding deglosser to cover finished pieces thoroughly. When glazing over an existing finish, use a detergent solution to clean the wood. Leave it to dry, and then wipe the furniture with denatured alcohol. Allow the wood to dry for at least 24 hours.

Once the base coat is fully dry or the existing base finish is ready, apply the antiquing glaze. Choose a contrasting color for an apparent antiqued appearance or a muted umber to simulate age. Next, apply the glaze using a brush. Work on one surface at a time, applying glaze to carvings, moldings and decorated parts before proceeding to flat areas. Allow the glaze to dry until it dulls, and then wipe it off gently with a soft cloth. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for drying the glazed surface completely.

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