30 August 2016 - Paint It UpArt

How to add an antique finish to your pallet sign or painted wood

How to add an antique finish to your pallet signs and painted wood projects. Here is another video showing one another ageing technique I use all the time to ...

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this gene I wanted to share some information with the group Billy had created a really nice Frankenstein palette piece I thought was really cool and I commented on aging it and one of the things that you can do to make your project look more finished and give it a more professional appearance is by aging the project itself so I was going to show you I have lots of examples here and I was going to show you what can be done to a regular project to make it really nice looking I probably talked about this before but not like this so let's get started now I use a lot of reclaimed lumber scrap lumber from construction sizes this particular sample is pressure-treated lumber and I don't like working with it but when that's what you have this you work with what you got so here's the untreated project ready to paint okay just the regular piece of wood now this is painted okay now this is it's just a fan and piece of wood there's nothing special about it there is a little bit of routing on the edges the holes drilled because I do tiki bar signs so that's what this is ready for but it's this is just paint now you

don't want to just let your project end like this you know do the lettering you don't want to just do the lettering and leave it like that you want to give it a little bit of character now this is just my opinion guys okay this is how I do it so if you want to leave it clean looking that's fine but this is how I do things all right so you've got your plain painted wood now the next step what I do is I have two Sanders that I use but their power Sanders which makes it a lot quicker and easier on your wrist okay so you've got your painted project the next step you're gonna do because you're gonna hit it with the sander now this particular one I went ahead and did some digging into it and I used a grinder for this which if you really want to make quick work of it and age it really fast use a grinder okay but what I'm showing you here is how I've removed the paint from the edges and the corners there's even some gouging here you can see it hopefully you can see it in the camera and I did all the edges and you want to focus on the corners to take those sharp corners off you know what I mean see here's a sharp corner that's left this is my

example but see how this corners rounded see how it's got the gouging in it and I sanded both the front and the back edges and removed paint this specifically is to soften corners and remove paint okay this technique alright and you also want to take off some of the flat paint too especially near the ends okay so here you have your painted piece of wood and I've removed the paint on the edges in the corners okay now you can use any kind of stain to get an antique finish or let me dig underneath I made up a mixture of that steel wool stain and this is kind of unpredictable because you really don't know what color it's going to turn out some wood it doesn't make any difference at all just makes it just a teeny bit darker like this is an example of it's like a golden color okay this is kind of unpredictable but it's kind of fun it's kind of a really nasty soup it's actually there steel wool in there but it's vinegar and water mixture you can find the instructions online super easy it's like half apple cider vinegar and half water and then you drop steal a wad of steel wool in it and you let it sit for a day or two and then you can just start brushing it on so this is

like a homemade stain vinegar solution now once you've got your wood exposed here's the exposed wood you're gonna want to go over it with the stain this is what it looks like with the stain on it okay see how it's darker makes the wood look older now you can use store-bought stain if you want the vinegar solution works well but you see how it made it darker that's what you want to do you want to go ahead and add some kind of stain now a note here this paint that I'm using is at least a satin finish if you want to finish a flat finish paint like this using the stain put a coat of the clear coat varnish this is the varnish I use is the polycrylic okay just to give it a little bit of gloss because if you don't if you just do stain on flat paint it's gonna make it really it's gonna change the paint a lot so you don't want to use flat paint with this stain technique I mean you might try to write you know I say experiment and if you develop your own look then that's what you can use on all of your pieces okay so anyway so this is a satin paint I sanded off the paint I added the stain the next step is using doing the fly speck technique can

you see the little teeny dots that are here I use my paintbrush your favorite excuse my reach I use an old toothbrush now you want to practice with this okay but you can really get a true fly speck technique going dab it in your paint and I would do black and white or brown like a chocolate brown if you have chocolate brown like I said come up with your own look you know I mean to experiment with these steps but you want it you dab it and then you splice Beckett do you does you guys know what the fly specking is okay well in the comments we'll discuss what the slice why you do fly specking it's kind of interesting but anyway you want to do your little spatter of the black and then I the black and white it just adds more texture to it it looks really cool okay so this is the technique that I was talking about when Billy asked about or when I brought up the aging okay this just makes your pieces look more rugged more authentic it gives them a more professional finish and it it looks like something that's not DIY and I don't mean to say that you know I don't mean that in a criticizing way but you want to bring out the artistry that you have

if you're in this business to you know make a living you want to make a living which means learn as much as you can about the finishing techniques this is just one of the things that I do okay this is how I finished my pieces now there is another technique that you can use and this was one of the samples that I showed you earlier you see I took the grinder and I gave it this kind of a scalloped finish now if it's regular like this it kind of to me looks like tropical I do tiki bar signs and tiki bar type artwork okay so it's kind of neat when you can get that regular but it doesn't have to be regular see here it's a little bit different now this wood was stained with the apple cider and water vinegar mixture with the steel wool in it so it's got that golden color to it sometimes it turns it really dark brown you never know and then I used a dry brush technique with my paint brush and this is my favorite tool of all time it's my fan brush I use it for everything and varnishing and everything but what you want to do is you want to work off enough paint the white paint and you just brush it over all the highlighted areas see how it highlights

this and then I dragged it this way just to add some highlight on the grain now I'm gonna show you what this looks like with one of my pieces okay this is the base you can do lettering you can do whatever you want this is this particular pieces you see what a difference that makes having it on this aged Finnish wood that's why you do it okay that's why you do the aging and you take the time to give it that special look this is my mermaid I haven't even released her yet this is the same white mermaid that I've been painting but on this type of wood it's a little bit different now another technique which kind of combines the two is brushing color and then I've got the stain and then I've got the white dry brush see how nice so this one finished looks like this this is another one of them this is a new mermaid - this is my swimming mermaid but you see how pretty that is it's not just a pain at mermaid on a piece of wood it's a painted mermaid on a washed blue background with the aged sides okay that's where the difference comes in here she isn't green and this is the

same mermaid using the same technique as this one so I hope this has gotten some ideas going in your mind it's very important that you develop your own style of a finishing technique play around with it if you've got scrap lumber at home try some different techniques go on YouTube learn more about how to get that extra finish like using different kinds of colors that was the other thing I wanted to bring up too and I don't really I don't think I have any samples of it but if you have something that's like a solid color like Billy had his Frankenstein guy okay what else what's really really nice to do too is use two shades of the blue like if you've got a lighter shade brush on a little bit of a lighter blue you know what I mean just to change it up a little bit so the more colors the more layers the more details that you can bring out and add to your pieces more special they're going to be and the more professional they're going to look okay so have fun with it Duke some scraps out mix up some of this it's kind of cool it's unpredictable but it's kind of cool and have fun with it and if you have any questions or anything just

leave them in the comments below talk to you later

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