How To Antique An Ornate Piece in 4 Easy Steps

7.17.2016

Do y'all ever have a makeover project you want to do, but you keep putting it off until you finally just do it? As much as I adore this pastoral painting the frame has always bugged me. I love the ornate design of it, but the gold finish was just odd looking to me. 


The color of this gold frame is good.

I like the finish of this one, too, but the finish on the pastoral not so much so what I have been wanting to do for quite some time was done over the weekend. It didn't take me that long though. It was super easy and I'm going to show you what I did.

First step is to paint the piece. I painted two coats of Amy Howard One Step paint in Linen. This frame has lots of ornate detail which is perfect for the look I wanted to create.

After the paint was dry I wanted to age the finish using Dust of Ages by Amy Howard. This stuff is so fun to use and works especially well on pieces with lots of detail. I was out of the wax I normally use, but had this can of Minwax on hand it worked just fine. Just use some kind of wax all over the frame in order for the next dust to stick.

I used a small brush to apply the Dust of Ages and applied it pretty heavily to get it all in the grooves.

The entire frame was waxed and dusted.



After adding the Dust of Ages and letting it dry for awhile I took the frame outside to brush all the access dust off and then buffed it all with a soft rag.

This is what it looks like after. The dust settles in all those crevices and gives a nice old and dirty look.



It really looks better in person.

I love the transformation and no more ugly weird gold.

4 Steps to this antique look:

Paint, wax, dust and buff!

So so easy!

I'll share how this looks hanging on the wall soon.



22 comments:

  1. Hope I won't go on your S_ _ _ list, but I liked the frame before. Don't get me wrong, the aged white frame is truly beautiful! - but now one's eye goes to the frame, instead of the picture. I'm just one person with my own viewpoint - hope I have not offended you in anyway. Considering the aged white you have throughout your home, it may actually look just right! How's that for contradicting myself?

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    1. Betty, we all don't like the same things and what a boring world it would be if we did. I just did not like that fakey gold finish that looked like it had been spray painted. I had to try this that I had been putting off and I do prefer the new look. Thanks

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  2. Came out beautiful.......Getting some Amy Howard products this week to start on my sweetie's room...the Dust of Ages sounds great...

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  3. Love the transformation.....I'm going to have to try that Aging Dust!
    Cindy
    Edith&Evelyn

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  4. I agree with Betty that in the shot it looks pretty nice, but I know what you mean about "fakey" gold. Hard to judge from a photo. I just got some big, old frames (with the most amazing old portraits in them) with REAL dust on them. I was going to paint them--gold!--but now you have me rethinking. I may just clean them a bit. Some of the plaster decoration is missing, but that's kind of part of the charm.

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  5. I like it! Wish I could paint like you do. Did you go ahead and buy her round bristled brush?
    Brenda

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    1. I have brushes I won at the Haven Conference a few years ago. That is an Annie Sloan paint brush.

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  6. Love the "new" frame now!! The frame is just the right color to make the picture pop. The frame is only a supporting feature to the actual picture. Great job! Thank you for the inspiration and instructions. I have two large mirrors in my master bath that I love the style...just not the color. Now I know what I am going to do with them.

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  7. I agree with you! There are good gold frames and bad ones. That gold tone was all wrong! I love what you did with it! Can you use that dusting stuff over other colors or only over white?

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    1. Oh, over any color you desire. I used it before over light gray and light green. It just settles in the crevices to looks like dirt from over the years.

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  8. A perfect look especially with your French accents!

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  9. Love how the frame turned out , it really looks cool. Thanks for how too's because I have one of those
    kinda of projects also my dresser��

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  10. I like the new frame color. To me it brings out the painting's brighter tones and it looks lighter in subject too. Sometimes those dark paintings are a bit heavy in our homes these days. Great job!

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  11. Love it Kim! You gave it a beautiful aged look!

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  12. Hmmm... Dust of Ages. I like the look it imparts. I too have a gold frame that 'bugs' me with it's 'too gold ' look. Might have to give this s try .

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  13. What a fantastic idea -- never heard of the Dust, but definitely going to try some! Love how the frame looks now!

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  14. Looks great - LOVE the peacock painting. Do you know who the artist is? Would be perfect for my home. thanks!

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    1. That is from Ethan Allen and is old. Thanks

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  15. Pretty! Love it! Thank you for the tutorial! You are so brave, I drag my feet because I am scared it won't be perfect like all the things you paint. Gotta finish painting my son's kitchen cabinets and I will attempt to paint my too gold frame!

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  16. Ha - I have a lot of frames in my house that have good ol' natural 100% real dust in the corners and the detail - no need to add any here! :-)

    Love the frame and how it looks. Great job!

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  17. I've not heard of Dust of the Ages. Is it a wet powder or a dry powder? Seems like it would just fall off. I'm not sure which look I like the best...the gold or white...but I do like the frame painted white. What matters is what YOU like!

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