Allow each section to dry completely before moving on to the next section to avoid leaving behind fingerprints, watermarks and smudges. Once the toner is applied start wiping it off to get the antique paint look shown in the photos here. If you want a really dark look then let the toner set for a while before wiping it off.

painted antiqued furniture

The first step is to paint the piece of furniture. I prefer to use latex paint and the best sheen would be flat, eggshell, or satin. It’s always a good idea to ask the dealer if they think the paint on antique or vintage painted furniture is original or later. If you’re staining the top of your furniture piece, use an electric sander to strip the top. Begin with 80-grit sandpaper to remove the factory finish and get down to bare wood, and follow up with 150-grit sandpaper to smooth the surface. If your piece of painted furniture has stains on visible surfaces or nicks and scratches on it, you’ll want to make whatever repairs you can.

Should You Restore And Refinish Antique Furniture?

Make sure that your cloth is nice and wet, but not so much that it drips. Use the wet rag to gently rub across the surface in a back & forth motion. At BB Frösch we believe in leaving people and furniture better than we find them. When it comes to antiques and vintage pieces, sometimes they are best appreciated exactly as they are!

Best Type Of Paint For Furniture

Make sure refinishing won’t diminish the value before starting a project. Pamela is an antique expert and the author of three books on the subject. She’s written over 400 articles on antique collecting for The Spruce Crafts. Make sure to apply only a little pressure at first, because you don’t want to take off more of the paint layer than you intend.

“It does take longer, but it’s easier on the furniture, and on the person doing the work,” he says. So if you do decide to have a pro do the work, look for a shop that does the work by hand. I have seen people paint original period Ethan Allen pieces and it completely devalues them. Not to mention, it really killed the look. I have an old china cabinet – no manufacturer – from the 1960’s that I am researching if I should and if so, the best way to rehab it. Here are a few recent projects I completed where I decided to restore them instead of painting them.

I bought our nightstands at one of the big antique wholesalers in Silicon Valley about 30 years ago. They’re real antiques, made in Hungary before the Hungarian Revolution. When I got them, they had the communist government’s stamp on them.

Funky accent chair that will work well in any room. Measures 39″ Tall x 16″ Wide and 16″ Deep. Chair is sturdy in excellent condition. Antique wood furniture pediment with tole painted flowers. The backside is flat with a partial hole which was probably the place where this piece was originally pegged into the rest of the piece of furniture. Antique mahogany old oil painting of assorted flora. One side arm has come loose from the spindles and was glued over the years.