Apply Furniture Paste
For an antique finish, soften furniture paste wax over an electric (no flame) hot plate, then stir in oil based stain; apply to the furniture with a soft bristle brush, let dry, then buff, leaving dark paste wax in joints, grooves and carvings to imitate decades of wax and dirt buildup.
And that's it -- always keep in mind that the three most important steps to distressing a piece of furniture are:
- Study the type of antique you want to duplicate to see what kind of wear actually appears and precisely where.
- Apply your signs of age sparingly and carefully to create an accurate replica.
- Apply dark paste wax over the stain to recreate the hand-rubbed look of an antique.
- Following these steps will give you a piece of furniture that everyone thinks is an antique...only you will know the truth!