How to Paint Furniture to Look Antique Black


Dark antiquated furniture is elegant and versatile. Antique black furniture finishes go well with elegant motifs as well as eclectic and country themes. Whether you are working on a new piece or a restoration, applying an antique black finish adds breadth and character. While the end result looks like it took many hours to accomplish, the process is both simple and inexpensive.

Things You'll Need

  • Black paint
  • Clean, coarse, used paint brush
  • 120- and 220-grit sandpaper
  • Low sheen aerosol lacquer
  • Scuff the entire piece of furniture with 120-grit sandpaper. While it is not necessary to sand through the entire finish, you must dull the sheen of the old finish.

  • Coat the entire piece once using a clean, coarse brush. Allow the paint to dry according to the manufacturer's recommendations.

  • Scuff the entire piece again with 120grit sandpaper. Sanding through the corners and profile edges adds a distressed feel to the project.

  • Apply a second coat of paint, and allow it time to dry.

  • Scuff the entire piece again with 120-grit sandpaper. Scuff the piece once more using 220-grit sandpaper.

  • Spray the entire piece evenly with a low sheen aerosol lacquer.

Tips & Warnings

  • One way to add an authentic texture is to apply a clear crackle finish between the top coat of paint and the clear lacquer finish.

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