How to get the Old World Patina on painted furniture.

I am doing an experiment in finding a way to get the old world patina on this old chair. I painted the chair a pretty light pink but it didn’t give me the distressed look that I wanted. So I hope that trying this new way will work.

I am typing this post as I paint this chair, step by step.

I want to repaint all of my painted furniture with a crackle base coat. I am using Valspar weathered crackle glaze. All of my furniture has a satin or a matte finish on it. I did this because I like the look of the chalk paint and this gives me that look without having to purchase chalk paint. I like to use up what I have.


Here is the chair, it’s pretty old and has several coats of old paint on it. First I need to add some dramatic paint on top of it so It will show through the crackle. I first tried it with a thin coat of pink paint but it didn’t show up. Live and learn.

First of all I lightly sanded the chair. Then I painted a watered down brown acrylic paint. Each coat of paint that I add I give at least 1 hour of drying time to.


back of chair

front of chair

Base coat chair

Here is the chair with the brown wash acrylic paint.

Pink crackle chair

Well what do think? It did accomplish what I was looking for.

close up chair

up close pink


I would sure like to have some feed back on this before I tackle my dinning room set. I hope that I have given you all a new way of getting the old look patina on your painted furniture.

It’s all LOVERLY! Jo

3 thoughts on “How to get the Old World Patina on painted furniture.

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