Im going to attempt to share my techniques with you, well to state at the beginning I have a degree in fine art and really like to paint. But Im NOT a meticulous person, Im very spontaneous and like things done quickly. I embrace what I like to call "happy accidents" Im never afraid to try new things or colors because I know that if I don't like it I can just paint over it or sand it off. Well with that all said I can begin, and if I leave out details or info that you want to know just send me an email and I will do my best to answer.
1. Weathered look using crackled glaze
For the drawers on this dresser I wanted the layers off paint to show through, I like to use a crackle glaze (I get mine from Lowe's) I usually paint a light and bright color first because it will show through the cracks best without being too overwhelming. Then I wait and hour and paint on my darker color. On this dresser I used a light color over a brown but after it dried I was not happy with it so I did another layer of grackle glaze and then the blue. The first drawer I did crackle glaze right on top of the original red and then the teal. Before this dried all the way I took a hard piece of plastic (maybe even my nails, shhh) and scraped/chipped off some of the paint.
Finally I sanded all the edges and sealed it with a water based polyurethane.
These are some more examples of the use of the crackle glaze to create the weathered look.
This one I used a bright green underneath the softer blue/green color and did not sand or scrape.
2. White washed look
Well that's what I call it anyway, I basically take a piece of furniture and paint it how I want it bright colors lots of contrast trying to accentuate all the details. When its dry I take my off white paint and mix it with water then paint the entire piece giving it a soft aged look.
Well basically I took real vaseline and rubbed it on the edges and spots around handles really anywhere I didn't want the paint to sick. Then painted the furniture as normal when it was almost dry I took a hard piece of plastic (an old credit card) and scraped off the paint where the vaseline was. You can see where the vaseline was it bubbles a little. The look you get is more of a natural aged look where the paint flakes and chips over time.
4. Dry Brushing
This is my little secret weaponed, I use this Rub n' Buff on everything! If I have hardware from an old dresser that is the dreaded brass color or if it not aged enough. I just rub this stuff on and poof I don't have to buy new hardware.
I thought for once I would use it for its intended purpose, that is for aging picture frames. Well at least I found it in the picture framing section of the craft store. They have several colors to choose from but the one I like is the Spanish copper.
I got this nice picture but I thought the gold frame just looked tacky in my house. I just rubbed on my Rub n' Buff I used a paint brush for the places my fingers couldn't reach.
It dries quickly and has the consistency of shoe polish, I sometimes need paint thinner to clean out my brush but it usually comes off my finger with a little soap and scrubbing.
All said its a cheap alternative to replacing hardware or picture frame.