To create an aged look, use this technique for furniture, cabinets, vanities and more.
What to use:
- Clear lacquer
- Paint for base color
- Paint brush and roller
How to do it:
Choose two colors that complement your existing color scheme.
Apply the base color and let dry (1 - 2 hours for latex paint and 2 - 3 hours for alkyd paints - alkyd paints may still be tacky).
Using 100 grit sandpaper, lightly sand off patches of paint, letting the surface below show through. Clean surface and let dry for 24 hours.
Repeat the above process using the second color. Let dry for 24 hours. For extra protection of the distressed look, apply a coat of clear lacquer. Be sure to use a latex or water-based lacquer if you have used latex paints on your project; alkyd lacquer if you worked with alkyds paints.
2011 Paint Color Trends