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Before doing the antiquing, make sure the crown molding is installed, caulked, puttied, primed and base-coated. Next, mix the glaze. Use acrylic paint and clear glazing medium (90 percent glazing medium, 10 percent paint). A dark brown and an earth brown are used in this illustration.
Use two four-foot ladders and a stretch board in between; that allows you to get up to the crown molding all in one movement.
Once the glaze is mixed and you’re up on the scaffolding, begin to antique the molding. Use a brush that’s the same size as the molding. Apply the glaze to the surface in a thin, even coat (image 1). While still wet, wipe it off with cheesecloth (image 2), using firm pressure so that you’re creating a striated pattern. Work your way around the room until all the molding is covered.
When the tape has been removed, notice that the glaze adds a subtle elegance to the crown molding.
To give the molding a distressed look, use a rock to beat it (image 1). Use a knife to shave off edges (image 2). With a knife or the point of a finishing nail, create a worm hole effect. Lightly brush the glaze onto the molding (image 3). While it’s still wet, use cheesecloth to wipe off most of the glaze.
Sand some areas to expose the raw wood underneath. Use sandpaper and rub gently. Then apply a coat of glaze over all the wood and wipe it off with a cheesecloth.