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Painted Furniture Tools and Materials

Martha Stewart Living, June 2006

With a spare weekend and supplies such as these (available at hardware and art-supply stores), you can give a piece of furniture a whole new look.

1. Nylon-Polyester Brush, for applying latex paints and glazes.

2. #8 Line Brush, for creating fine lines, like those on the bureau drawers and top.

3. Artists's Oil Paints, for adding color and tint to glazes.

4. Latex Paint, for all base coats, and #8 Artist's Brush, for painting small, irregular shapes.

5. T Square, for connecting layout lines.

6. Cotton Rag, for applying and buffing paints and glazes.

7. Glaze, for making paint more translucent; use alkyd glaze for alkyd and oil paints, latex glaze for latex paints.

8. Natural-Bristle Brushes, for applying alkyd and oil paints and glazes

9. Horsehair Dragging Brush, for creating striated textures

10. Rottenstone, a limestone-based powder that turns glaze gray for an added patina

11. Wax,for giving glaze an added sheen.

12. Water-Soluble Colored Pencil, for drawing layout lines

13. Painter's Tape , for creating grid patterns on caned furniture.

14. Steel Wool, to distress paints and glazes (be sure it's detergent-free).

Comments (2)

  • dianneja 1 Nov, 2008

    In the pic it looks like Butcher's wax--not so easy to find. Don't be tempted to use something else. I got paste wax when I couldn't get it to use to "Antique a Chair." Paste wax (for polishing floors) is brown

  • beachmamacc 6 Jul, 2008

    what kind of wax. i have some painted pieces that i want to protect from wear and want to know what kind of wax to apply