Monday, September 5, 2011

Get the Antique Look with some Painting and Sanding!

We are always inspired by the amazing talents of all of the artists who contribute to Robin Street Market, and sometimes like to dabble in craft projects ourselves. My lovely sister-in-law Sarah spent some time on this project below just recently.  Thanks for sharing Sarah!

Guest Post by Sarah

After recently wandering around the Camberwell Market on a cold Sunday morning in Melbourne and admiring some of the antique furniture, I was keen to 'up-cycle' an ordinary bookcase I had at home. So I took to youtube for some handy hints, and got stuck into the project.

From the local hardware store, I bought:
  • 1 sheet of 250 grit sandpaper
  • 1 sheet of 100 grit sandpaper
  • 1 paint brush
  • 1 litre tin of water-based semi-gloss paint (this was too much paint - I could have used half this amount!)
Here's what I did...
Sand the bookcase with the 250 grit sandpaper

Clean using a rag after sanding with warm water and a splash of Methylated Spirits.

Wait for it to dry, then paint. You don't have to be too fussy with the painting, so if you don't get full coverage with one coat, don't worry - it adds to the distressed look!

Leave for a few hours to dry, then use the 100 grit sandpaper to give it the distressed, antique look, concentrating on edges and decorative carvings in the wood.


I have to say that I am very happy with the finished product, and was very surprised at how easy it was. Just allow a few hours on a sunny day, and turn a daggy old piece of furniture you have at home into something special!

Happy crafting!