How to Paint a Dresser to Make It Look Antique

What You'll Need
Black paint
White or cream paint
Sand paper
Steel wool
Small paint brush
Paste wax

Painting a dresser to look antique is a good option for people who want to own antique furniture pieces but don’t have enough budget to buy one. As you probably know, antique furniture is very expensive and most people who want this may not have the extra money to afford the incredible high cost. This is why, painting a new dresser to make it look old has become a popular practice. Below, you will find the steps on how to go about this process successfully.

Step 1 – Go to an antique store

Visit a nearby antique store and examine authentic antique pieces carefully. Notice how surfaces have scratches and dints on them. This would give you an idea on how an antique dresser really looks like. This would help you a lot in your DIY project.

Step 2 – Create dints on the dresser surface

Get a chain and use it to create dints or pressures on the dresser. If you looked closely at the pieces from the antique shop, you will notice that antique dressers have slight damages that could have come from constant moving from one place to another. Be sure to hit the dresser in random spots and vary the pressure for each strike. You would not want people questioning why the dints on the surface of the dresser are even.

Step 3 – Rub candle on commonly handled areas

Use a candle to rub the dresser areas that would have been handled most over the years, particularly the edges. In lieu of this, you may also use a coat of paste wax. Allow the paste wax to dry completely for one hour or more.

Step 4 – Paint the dresser with black paint

The black paint will serve as a base. This is important to recreate the antiquated look for the dresser. This is because antique dressers are usually stained as years go by.

Step 5 – Add layers of paint

Give the dresser a good coating or two of white or cream paint. If the black base paint still shows through, add another layer. Make sure that you completely dry the pain before you proceed to the next step.

Step 5 – Use sandpaper or steel wool to create scratches

The sandpaper or steel wool can to be used rub the surface to remove some of the paint’s top layers. Again, make sure that you do it randomly. Go for areas that you think would have normally become worn out in age. These parts can include the edges and the sides of the dresser.

Step 6 – Add stains

To complete the antiquated look of the dresser, add some random strokes of black paint in some areas of the dresser. Be careful not to create perfect lines. The lines should be random and anything but perfect. The stains should look like they come from age.