Refinish those old frames!!
9. Polyurethane wood finish, semigloss, brush or spray
- Lightly sand original finish to cut the gloss a bit and allow for better adhesion of the new paint.
- Pound the frame casually, bouncing the clawside of the hammer over the surface to create even (but not too uniform) scars and indentations if you want a more antique look.
- Spray (or brush on) with red paint (if red undertone is desired). (allow to dry as per instructions on the paint).
- Lightly steel wool
- Spray (or brush on) black enamel. (allow to dry)
- Use sandpaper on edges and across the surface to allow some red to show through and give a “worn” look to the finish. It is going to look best if you have fairly even streaking throughout the frame. If the streaking is not even the frame will look splotchy.
- Apply raw umber antiquing with a wide brush and wipe with a soft rag, paper towel, or cheesecloth to remove some but not all of the antiquing. Allow stain to remain in the crevices as well as the indentations that you made. Allow to dry.
- Spray or brush with polyurethane finish to seal. Allow to dry.
- Apply polishing wax and allow it to dry then buff to a nice handrubbed lustre.
- Dust lightly with rottenstone...especially in crevices and detailing of frame. Buff again.