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Easy Tricks For Creating That Vintage Look For Your Furniture

Posted by Marites Alma Christiansen on Oct 12, 2015 06:10 PM EDT
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Teta, a horse painted to match the painting 'Pegasus' by Ronnie Wood, poses with a deckchair designed by the musician, in Hyde Park on July 4, 2013 in London, England. Ronnie Wood's 'Pegasus' design is part of Deckchair Dreams 2013, a public art initiative by the Royal Parks Foundation. (Photo : Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

These easy DIY tips can bring out the vintage in home furniture as simple as 1-2-3, according to a feature article on

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  • Make wooden fixtures achieve that classical look with tea and vinegar solution. After brewing a strong spot of tea and letting it precipitate for about an hour, paint the wood with the brewed tea until the surface is all covered. Next, paint over the tea with vinegar solution then let it dry. This will eventually darken the wood, and the degree of color or darkness of the finish will rely on the wood type as well as solution strength.
  • Easily create a peeling paint yet shabby chic look, by applying petroleum jelly to where it pleases in letting the stain show via the paint. Do this with the use of a firm bristle brush and following this step.
  • Aside from wood, other home fixtures can also benefit the antique-look with just distilled white vinegar alone. Throw in uber shiny-looking knobs, or hinges into a bucket of distilled white vinegar and let them soak overnight, as stated in the same article.

In a blog post on, adding applique images can also give the old look impression on furniture. Just cut out few beautiful images from a second-hand or used book that shows birds, flowers or butterflies. Using PVA glue, glue the cutouts to the intended furniture before waxing it. Let them blend in the background by applying a favorite top coat color. Finally, wax it over on top until 100% dry.

A previous post on also shared other tricks to make wood furniture have that antique look. Using distressing wood, any DIY homeowner can have it done in less time and reap savings than getting it customized. Take for example transforming a new wooden clock into like those displayed in vintage shops, say during the 60s. This new-to-old makeover can be achieved in four simple steps. Learn about them by clicking here.

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