One of the current popular interior design features is the ageing of new wood. An increasing number of people now prefer some of their wooden objects to look as if they are old or vintage. Wooden furniture is long-lasting and classic yet stylish. One method of ageing wood is by using wax and paint. You don’t need a professional to give wooden furniture and doors a vintage look, with a little bit of patience and just a few tools you can do it yourself.

There are a variety of techniques you can use to get the vintage look, below is a short guide to the simplest way of doing this.

Preparation

The first thing that you need to do before you can age wood is to prepare the surface. The best way of preparing wood is to sand it down. Sanding can be done with sand paper or you can hire a sanding machine from your local DIY shop. When you are sanding you should always work with the grain of the wood rather than against it.

Sanding can take some time and you need to be sure that you have sanded it well. Once you are certain that you have removed the varnish or paint that was there, you need to wipe it down with a damp cloth. Make sure that you get all of the dust from the sanding process out of the crevices, then you can go onto the next task.

Priming

Priming is the second stage of getting your surface ready for painting. If you are not sure which primer to use then ask at the local DIY surface, they are usually good at giving the right advice. Prime the whole thing properly and then leave to dry, preferably overnight. Once the surface is dry, it is ready for the next part of the process.

Waxing

Work out which parts of the object that you want to look distressed, once you have done that you then have to wax them. Take an old fashioned wax candle and rub the wax over the areas that you want to age. Once you have done that you need to brush it down careful to make sure that you get rid of any excess wax.

Once the waxing is complete it is time to paint your wood. Choose whatever colour you like but white and pastels tend to look better when they are aged in this way.

Painting

You can use a paint brush or a roller, depending on your personal preference. I prefer a paint brush because it gives you more control over how the paint goes on. You should use three or four thin coats of paint rather than one thick one. Once the painting of the wood is complete leave it to dry before you go onto the final part of the process.

Finally

As soon as the paint is dry use a thin bladed knife, a palette or cheese knife will do, to scrape the knife over the paint on the areas that you waxed earlier. Scrape gently and stand back from time to time until you have achieved the vintage look you want.

This post has been provided by Vibrant Doors, leading suppliers of internal and external doors.