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How to age furniture with paint effects

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Get the look – ageing furniture

How to paint an aged effect on furniture.

Give new pieces a vintage distressed paint effect look with this clever DIY technique.

You will need: Vaseline and cloth, Resene paint or Resene testpot in your choice of colour. We used Resene Twizel, paintbrush, wooden piece of furniture.

Top tip: You can also use sandpaper to create a worn effect on furniture, using it to rub areas that would normally suffer the most wear and tear. Wipe clean and finish in Resene Aquaclear to seal the surface.

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Step by step instructions

Step 1
Step one
Dab the Vaseline along bits of the edges and places where furniture would naturally look aged.
Step 2
Step two
With Resene Twizel, paint over the furniture completely.
Step 3
Step three
Once dry, use the cloth to lift off the paint over the Vaseline to reveal pieces of the wood underneath.
Step 4
Step four
Give it a thorough wipe and there you have it – a quick way to age up your furniture.
Step 5
Step five
Finish in Resene Aquaclear to seal all the distressed areas for an easy clean surface.

Styling by Gem Adams, photography by Melanie Jenkins


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