Have you tried using Aging Powders on your furniture projects yet?
If not, you are in for a treat.
These wonderful products will take your next project to the next level, and impart a touch of ‘farmhouse’ to almost anything!
How to Use Furniture Aging Powders
Hey, Graphics Fairy Friends – it’s Heather from Thicketworks. Today, we’ll be taking a good look at one of the ways you can enhance your next furniture project: Aging Powders!
This post was sponsored by the wonderful creative team at Heirloom Traditions Paint. Yay!
Don’t know about you, but I adore the trend toward aged, funky furniture finishes. There’s something about a bit of distressing and rust that just warms my heart.
If you enjoy this look, you’ll be glad to learn about the line of Heirloom Traditions Aging Powders. These products can add a touch of rustic love to just about anything. They were formulated for furniture projects, of course, but I can envision so many different crafting applications, too.
Today, we are focusing on furniture, but we’ll be looking at other uses in upcoming posts!
I have to start this off by apologizing. Yep. I used a whole big bunch of products for this make-over. I apologize…sometimes I get carried away.
It’s important that you know that you don’t need umpteen products to get an awesome rusty look.
Just two. That’s right.
Seriously – If you want to do something elaborate, with multiple layers of goodness, by all means go ahead.
But if you just want to experiment with a bit of Rust around the edges, go for it!
Okay, end of apology. Now, on to today’s project.
- Heirloom Traditions Ultra Guard Primer
- Heirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint: Alexandrite
- Heirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint: Passion
- Heirloom Traditions Venetian Texture Medium
- A palette knife
- Metallic Masters Gilding Patinas: Golden Glimmer & Copper Penny
- Heirloom Traditions 1Gel Decoupage and Transfer Medium
- Heirloom Traditions Rust Dust
- Heirloom Traditions Ancient Agings Powder
- Heirloom Traditions Spray Wax: Peacock
- Heirloom Traditions Spray Wax: Eggplant
- Heirloom Traditions Spray Wax: Dark Umber
- Heirloom Traditions Water Based Top Coat
- Decorative paper of your choice (I used wrapping paper from the Dollar Store)
- Stencils of your choice
- A sanding block
- A brown paper bag, without any printing on it
- Assorted paint brushes, mixing containers, etc.
I know – that’s quite a list. It didn’t seem so large when I was creating the project!
Okay, first things first. Select your
victim make over candidate!
My Grandfather had one of these, and I couldn’t resist when I found it at a yard sale. As you can see, it has some rusting issues. Ironic, no?
But, it’s one thing to add a bit of faux rust to a project, and quite another to have ‘free-range’ rust creeping over your finish. I prefer a bit of control over the process, myself.
So – Ultra Guard to the rescue. This has quickly become my favorite primer. One or two coats, and most stains and tannins are stopped dead:
Use a palette knife, and swipe the thickened paint over the surface of the stencil, before carefully lifting the stencil away.
Note: wash your stencil, etc. right away.
Allow the raised stenciling to cure overnight.
When it is thoroughly dry, smooth the surface with a sanding block:
Paint two coats of Alexandrite Chalk Type Paint right over the surface of the stenciling…and over the entire piece.
Allow the paint to cure. Overnight is best.
Buff the surface of the piece with a crumpled up brown paper bag.
This will enhance the color of the paint, and creates a beautiful soft sheen.
Carefully sand the paint off of the raised surface of the stenciled motifs, revealing the deep purple texture medium:
Here’s an example of the difference that buffing with a paper bag creates.
The motif in the upper left of the picture has NOT been buffed yet.
The motifs in the lower half HAVE been buffed. See the richness of the buffed surface?
Add a layer of Peacock Spray Wax to the entire piece, and wipe it back with a damp cloth to reveal the purple tones.
Add decoupaged paper that has white in the design – this will help to showcase our Spray Wax colors.
1Gel Decoupage and Transfer Medium is an excellent choice for the decoupage process:
When the 1Gel has cured, rough up the surface of the paper with a sanding block.
This gives us a bit of distressing, and ‘breaks’ the surface of the paper, making it more receptive to colorant.
Wipe the dust away.
Spread a layer of Eggplant Spray Wax over the paper:
Wipe it back with a damp cloth. Alternate Peacock and Eggplant Spray Wax over the surface of the patterned paper, until you like the look.
Continue with a layer of Peacock over the entire piece, wiping back to reveal the colored motifs.
Add touches of Dark Umber Spray Wax to darken areas of the piece, and add an antique vibe.
Add Golden Glimmer & Copper Penny Gilding Patinas to selected details:
Dab 1Gel wherever you would like to add a bit of “rust”.
Dip a brush into the Rust Dust and tap it onto the 1Gel.
Alternate between Rust Dust and Ancient Agings Powder for a more varied look.
Apply the 1Gel and Aging Powders wherever you wish.
The entire shiny brass handle was treated this way.
Allow one coat to dry, then re-apply for a heavier texture.
Apply a coat of Water Based Top Coat to protect the decoupaged area:
Decoupage, Spray Wax, Rust Dust & Ancient Aging Powder, and a touch of Golden Glimmer all sealed by Water Based Top Coat result in this surface:
A glimpse of the underside:
The mixture of matte and metallic creates interest wherever the eye travels.
This quirky little stand has now found new life as a rusty but glamorous home decor accent piece:
Touches of Copper and Gold Gilding Patinas, applied with a fingertip:
It’s the layers that give this finish such charm:
This just makes me happy:
I adore the way that Heirloom Traditions Aging Powders add a real sense of history to a piece.
For more information on Heirloom Traditions Products, please visit www.heirloomtraditionspaint.com
* Full Disclosure: Heirloom Traditions supplied their products to be used in this project, and they sponsored this post – however, I supplied the elbow grease, rescued furniture, design concept, and experimental insanity! All of which reflect my own point of view, regardless of affiliation…
Thank you so much for visiting The Graphics Fairy today. I hope you enjoyed this project using Furniture Aging Powders, and that you feel inspired to add a bit of history to your next furniture project!
Anytime you want to explore the more bizarre side of crafting, come visit me at Thicketworks – the door is always open.
PS: you might like this recent experiment: