I love that lovely antique-y look. It is pleasing to me. What is not pleasing, is how much antiques cost. What is even more unpleasing… it thinking about sanding down furniture to refinish and antique it.
I have a solution to those two problems:
-Primer that allows you to get away with ZERO sanding
-Glazing for a distressed antique look
Growing up, we had a little baby hutch next to our piano, in which we kept all our piano music. It was built by my great grandpa Jim Burton. When I got married, my mom and dad gave it to me to put next to my own piano and keep all my music in. It was always extra special to me. But it had certainly been through the wringer. It was time for a face life. My mom gave me the OK to finish it.
I used a Rustoleum brand of primer called “Cover-Stain: Oil Based Primer.” It kills stain and sealer which means no sanding. YES! But be prepared. Something that powerful comes with a price. I hope you have windows. It is RANK! Also.. very sticky. Just know that you will need to throw away any and all tools used during the process. And… don’t try to wash it out. You WILL clog your sink… and you WILL make your husband frustrated.
After I painted the little baby hutch white, I put a nice over all coat of Valspar “Faux- Collection Tintable Glaze,” all over. (When you buy this, make sure you ask the Lowe’s People to tint it black for you.) While it was still wet, I took a rag and wiped all the glaze off. It left just the right amount, especially in the details and rough places. (Oops I forgot to take a picture!)
When it was dry, I put new hardware on.
This project took me 2 evenings. It was extremely fast and easy. Send me pictures of your refinished/ glazed projects to be featured on my blog!
To see another project where no sanding was involved, click here!