Interior Design / October 8, 2018 / Khloe Stclair.
While something new may be bright and beautiful, objects with age have an individual personality; they have unique characteristics, developed through use and wear over the years. Every bruise and scratch, is a badge of service, as well as a textural and visual element, giving the piece a rich history which can read in its mottled brow.
This painting technique can sometimes be a little tricky, so novices will want to try it out on a spare piece of wood first to ensure that you get the hang of it before you start in on the part of the furniture that is important to you. Just make sure that the testing wood is the same sort of material as the final piece you will be working.
The first step is to score the wood, giving it textural interest, by running any of a variety of materials over its surface. Nails and screws can be used to score the wood, hex bolts can chip it, and wire mesh can scratch it. As you work, try to scratch the surface following the line of the grain of the wood, so that the marks you make will flow naturally with the surface of the material.
The first coat you apply should be a clear latex interior wood stain, mixed with a small squirt of burnt umber universal tint. Will create a very washed out, subdued color mix, that should be applied evenly to the entire piece. Once dry, the wood will be fully sealed and ready to take on further coloring.
Next, it would help if you combined eight parts black paint with one part water, to create a thin paint solution. Should be applied very lightly to the surface of the piece, with the brush being only barely damp as you trail it over the wood. Allow this coat to dry thoroughly as well.
The next step is to create two different paint mixtures in two separate containers. One is a mix of equal parts Lafayette green paint and latex glaze. The other will consist of one part Covington blue color, one part glaze, and one part water. These two solutions should apply to the piece with separate brushes. Apply them to the wood very lightly, following the grain of the section as you go.
Once all of the coats have dried thoroughly, take some medium grade sandpaper and scuff the piece up in a couple of places. Your best bet is to pay attention to areas that might have seen the most wear and tear if the article was aged, including corners, hinges, and anywhere that there might be moving parts.
Finally, take some medium grade wire brush and scuff it over the surface of the piece. Will create a mask of age that will cause the wood surface to glow slightly with the tiny score marks.