How to Accent Details with Antiquing Powder

Last year, I picked up this antique mirror at a yard sale.  I was crazy about the details on the wood frame, and the hazing on the mirror.

For a while, it was hung above my piano (which has been since been turned into a desk), but I was never crazy about the brassy gold spray paint some previous owner used on it.  Kelsey, at Blue Minerals, sent me some Antiquing Powder to try out, and this frame was the perfect thing to try it on.

I used a brush to paint the frame with chalk-style paint, and it looked 100% better already, but I really wanted to create an aged-looking finish that would complement such an old frame.
The powder is easy to use – you just wax your piece, and while the wax is still tacky, use a brush to apply the antiquing powder.  I made sure to brush the powder into all the cracks and crevices really well.
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You can use either mineral spirits or clear wax to wipe the powder off of the high points of the details, as much or little as you want.  The powder sticks into the crevices, which mimics the look of dust and “stuff” that would naturally settle there on an antique piece.  The powder also looks beautiful in the brush strokes of the paint.
The details on the frame really pop now and look gorgeous.
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  1. Thanks for the tip Angie. I haven’t tried antiquing powder.

  2. Love the end results with the antiquing powder. I will have to try some. Looks like fun.

    Mary @ Orphans With Makeup

  3. Angie, this is beautiful! I can’t wait to see what you do with the White Cashmere!

  4. Haven’t seen this antiquing powder. Looks like it word great!

  5. That turned out beautifully. I may need to try some of that powder. LOVE it.

  6. Anonymous says

    Really lovely!!!

  7. Carol Main says

    Where do I buy the Antiquing Powder that I can get the 20% discount off using the code SUMMERFLING?
    I would like to try it, looks very interesting, instead of using the antique wax all the time. How long does the 20% code last as I’m going away tomorrow and not back til the 23rd? Thanks.

    • Carol,
      I think that code expired in the fall, but if you go to the Vintage Storehouse website, you can sign up to receive their emails, and you’ll receive notifications when there are sales. Kelsey, the owner of VS is an awesome gal and is wonderful to work with! The antiquing powder lasts a long time, and is much more economical than antiquing wax. I highly recommend it.


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