How to Create a "Weathered" Look With Paint

Weather your project in 3 steps, rather than 50 years!

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Supplies

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The Real Deal (I have a collection of old window frames, and many other items).

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Faux-finish. Here is the "weathered" look we are creating with this method.

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Now, if you aren't blessed with a table or space to make a mess like I am - Lay down some newspaper, plastic, cardboard, etc. Please Note: I am just using cardboard to demonstrate this technique (:

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Paint your piece! Frame, table, board, whatever it may be. I recommend using a light colour for this. Let dry entirely. (If you want natural base to show like wood through the cracks, skip this step).

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Now take your Undercoat, lay on its side and roll. This is to mix, don't shake. This may take a little bit. The specific product I am using is by Plaid, was originally part of a kit.

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Put Undercoat onto your dish and grab your sponge brush! (I actually use Tupperware lids normally).

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Brush on a coat! This will take about 30 minutes or so to dry. Once dry look project over, apply a second coat on dull spots, some materials soak up the Undercoat more than others.

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Time for Topcoat! Lay on side, rolly roll mix and put on your dish. Now grab a sponge brush...

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Brush on one coat and let dry, probably overnight or a few hours at least. In this step you can experiment - depending on what you're using, how applied, it will create a different effect.

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Play around, experiment. You can get long, short, thick, wide... all sorts of cracks :p

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And paint on the last layer of paint, in a new colour (or first layer if you skipped the base paint!) and wait to dry.

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The final result. (the pink/silver not completely dried and the colours don't work well together).

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Alternatively, You can also use an "antiquing" medium to dab or rub into the cracks, which takes practice because you want it inside and not out (or a brown acrylic mixed with water).

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For a legit colour pallet I recommend: off white, cream yellow, mint green, deep red. (Picture is white on a navy-blueish grey) You can purchase a range of kits from craft shops. Happy Exploring!

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