Everyone knows I’m a sucker for all things antique and vintage—especially things with a story. This antique wardrobe that I found at Brownstone Treasures was the first piece I purchased when I left my cramped space in Manhattan for an upgraded Brooklyn apartment.
There are fine examples of beautifully restored wardrobes at antiquesworld.co.uk, a leading antiques dealer in the UK, from a host of historical periods in beautiful timbers. This is the first place you should check out if you’re looking to purchase high quality antique furniture.
I love that it gave some much needed extra closet space, but I never loved the unfinished look of the wood. I finally got around to giving it a little makeover while still keeping its antiqued charm. Here’s how:
Tools you will need:
Benjamin Moore Primer
Benjamin Moore paint in Chantily Lace (trim)
Benjamin Moore paint in Pebble Beach (inside)
steel wool or sandpaper
an antique piece of furniture with good bones!
Step 1: Paint a coat of primer on the furniture and allow to dry fully.
Step 2: Paint the trim with one color. You may need to tape it off before painting if it is a darker color and only do one coat if you want the antiqued look to it.
Step 3: Use painters tape to mark off the section you want to paint a different color.
Step 4: Distress the paint with a piece of steel wool or sandpaper. This works best before the paint is completely dry.
STYLIST TIP: Only distress the edges of the piece to make it look like it naturally aged over time. That’s where furniture wears the most.