How can I give unfinished furniture an old country look?

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How can I give an unfinished piece of furniture an old country look when I paint it?

Country style furniture is less formal than a full finished, high gloss piece of furniture. Part of the appeal of country style furnishings are the warmth and coziness factors. Country style decorating is more down to earth and approachable. It is definitely more liveable. To make your piece of furniture more relaxed and country looking give it a whitewash style of painting instead of a full heavy paint job. Use a water based paint, or a water based acrylic craft paint in whatever colour or combination of colours that you have chosen. Don’t brush the paint on full strength on to the piece of furniture. There are a couple of techniques you can use to apply the paint. Either use a damp brush and slightly thin the paint with water mixed in a bowl, then brush it on or use a wet rag and apply the paint on to the furniture with that. You want the paint that is being applied to have a more watery and thinner look. Once the first layer is on and still wet, wipe a moist cloth over the surface to give the paint a thinner and more uneven look. You can do another coat if the paint looks too thin. Let it dry. You can add flowers or a pattern of some kind to give it more decoration. Then give it a low shine finish if you want to protect the wood more. What you are doing with the whitewash style of painting is giving it a relaxed and aged country look. It isn’t supposed to look perfectly finished like a more formal piece of furniture does. Have fun painting! Mama Nono

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