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OLD WORLD TOSCANA

OLD WORLD TOSCANA

, by Amy Howard, 6 min reading time

Ever wonder how to recreate the old world feel when restoring a piece of furniture? This guide will walk you step-by-step through the process.

 

STEP 1 – CLEAN YOUR WOODEN SURFACE

Before beginning, clean your raw, wooden surface of any dust, grime or dirt.

STEP 2 – APPLY BETTER WITH AGE

Apply Amy Howard at Home© Better with Age™ solution with a natural sea wool sponge.

STEP 3 – DRY TIME

Allow solution approximately 10 minutes dry time before applying next step.

STEP 4 – MIX YOUR GESSO

While initial dry time is passing, mix 1 part Amy Howard at Home© Gesso with 1 part water in separate container and stir until mixture is smooth and free of any lumps.

STEP 5 – APPLY YOUR GESSO

Using an Amy Howard at Home© china bristle brush, apply a full and consistent coat of Gesso over your dry surface.

STEP 6 – ALLOW GESSO TO DRY

Allow Gesso to dry for approximately 30 to 45 minutes or until completely cured.

STEP 7 – MIX YOUR MILK PAINT

While dry time is passing, mix 1 part Amy Howard at Home© Toscana Milk Paint™ with 1 part water in a separate container.

STEP 8 – STIR UNTIL SMOOTH

Stir until plaster is smooth and free of any lumps. Consistency should compare to a thin pancake batter.

Pro Tip:
Try mixing your powder solutions with a blender or straining with a cheesecloth for an ultra smooth consistency.

 

STEP 9 – APPLY MILK PAINT

Using an Amy Howard at Home© china bristle brush, apply a full and consistent coat of Toscana Milk Paint™ over your dry surface.

STEP 10 – ALLOW MILK PAINT TO DRY

Allow Toscana Milk Paint™ to dry for approximately 30 to 45 minutes or until completely cured.

STEP 11 – SATURATE YOUR BRUSH

Using a clean Amy Howard at Home© china bristle brush, lightly saturate the tips of brush with the Amy Howard at Home© Antiquing Glaze™.

STEP 12 – APPLY THE ANTIQUING GLAZE

Apply the Antiquing Glaze™ with feathery strokes to create authentic and natural looking water marks.

STEP 13 – ALLOW GLAZE TO DRY

Allow glaze to dry approximately 10 minutes.

STEP 14 – APPLY MILK PAINT WITH SPONGE

Using a natural sea wool sponge, apply an additional layer of Antiquing Glaze™ to Toscana Milk Paint™. You will begin to see the Toscana Milk Paint™ distress and wear away, exposing the multiply layers of paint, gesso, and stain.

STEP 15 – APPLY ADDITIONAL GLAZE

Continue to apply antiquing glaze to your surface until desired distressed look is achieved

Pro Tip:
For more control of the antiquing process, you may use a lint free t-shirt rag and your finger to wear away the paint in specific areas.

 

STEP 16 – ALLOW GLAZE TO DRY

Allow Antiquing Glaze to dry completely before moving onto the waxing process.

STEP 17 – PREPARE TO USE LIGHT ANTIQUE WAX

Grab a clean Amy Howard at Home© china bristle brush and the Light Antique Wax™ to give get just enough wax to cover the tips of the bristles.

STEP 18 – OFFLOAD SOME WAX

Use the cardboard palette to offload some wax from the brush.

STEP 19 – APPLY LIGHT ANTIQUE WAX

Apply the Light Antique Wax™ over the entire piece moving the brush in a “cross hatch” pattern – not long, symmetrical strokes. Allow wax to come to tack for about 20 minutes.

STEP 20 – NOW PREPARE THE DARK WAX

Using the same load and offload technique as before, grab a clean china bristle brush and sporadically apply a light layer of the Amy Howard at Home© Dark Antique Wax™.

STEP 21 – APPLY DARK WAX TO EDGES

Return to outer edges where the piece would naturally become worn and “feather” the Dark Antique Wax™.

STEP 22 – ALLOW WAX TO TACK

Allow wax to come to “tack” for about 20 minutes.

STEP 23 – BUFF LIKE A SHOE

Using a clean T-shirt rag, buff your piece with a hit-drag motion just like you would a shoe. This buffing process brings out a beautiful patina shine as well as that authentic aged look.

STEP 24 – COVER WITH DUST OF AGES

Use a clean Amy Howard at Home© china bristle brush and dip into the Amy Howard at Home© Dust of Ages™. Aim to cover your entire piece, especially in the crevices and ridges.

Pro Tip:
Don’t be shy with this step. You can reuse the excess dust by saving the runoff. This step gives your piece age and character.

 

STEP 25 – PUSH DUST OF AGES AROUND

Use a clean Amy Howard at Home© china bristle brush to push the dust into the corners, ridges and crevices. Follow by lightly brushing the excess Dust of Ages™ onto the palette and into the container to be reused.

STEP 26 – BUFF LIKE A SHOE AGAIN

Using a clean T-shirt rag, buff your piece with a hit-drag motion just like you would a shoe. This buffing process brings out a beautiful patina shine as well as that authentic aged look.

STEP 27 – ENJOY!

Now you get to “Enjoy the Bragging Rights!”

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