Faux Finish: Antiquing

Faux Antiquing is a way to achieve an antique look for even the most mundane piece of furniture or even any paint-able surface like doors and walls. From distressing wood with minor dents and scratches, to faux painting techniques, it is easy to add a little bit of old world charm to your home without breaking your budget hunting for real antiques.

Tools and Materials:

  • Flat Paint for Base Coat 
  • Satin Paint for Neutral Base Coat 
  • Satin Paint for Finish Coat 
  • Polyurethane (Water-Based Satin) 
  • Paint Brushes 
  • Paint Tray 
  • Paint Mixing Can 
  • Clean, Lint-Free Rags 
  • Wooden Stirring Sticks 
  • Measuring Cup 
  • Clean-up Rags 



Tip: Remember that your base coat must be a lighter color than your antiquing glaze. 

  1. Mix your glaze by combining satin neutral base paint with satin colour of your choice in a 4 to 1 ratio. Add water slowly to the mixture until a slightly runny texture is achieved. This is so that is it thin enough for the base color to show through the glaze, and not be covered by it.
  2. Apply two coats of base coat on furniture/surface, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next. 
  3. Apply the glaze to the furniture a little heavier on the corners, nooks and crannies. Work in small sections at a time as you don’t want the glaze to dry before you have a chance to go back and finish it.
  4. Dampen the lint-free cloth and begin removing the glaze from the furniture, working from the inside of the piece to the outside. Replace cloth with a new clean piece once it gets too covered in glaze. Do not to take as much glaze away from the cracks and crevices as that’s where the age of the piece really shows best.
  5. Allow surface to thoroughly dry.
  6. Apply a few coats of protective polyurethane on the finished surface.