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How to Give Furniture an Aged Look Using Shoe Polish

Create an aged look for wood furniture using ordinary shoe polish. The shoe polish provides a seal against moisture and reveals a beautiful pattern.

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age wood furniture with ordinary shoe polish
  • Time


  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Sand the Surface

Sand the surface of your furniture, and wipe off with a damp cloth.

Step 2: Tint and Apply the Primer

Tint the primer with black tint and red tint or purchase ready mixed primer for red paint.

Apply the primer, then allow to dry.

Step 3: Apply the Top Coat

Paint on the topcoat, then allow to dry.

paint on topcoat

Step 4: Apply the Black Shoe Polish

Once the paint is dry, brush on black shoe polish.

Use a cloth to manipulate the polish, in order to get the look you want.

use a cloth to manipulate polish