Brett Walther: How can you be sure you're not ruining an antique by painting it?
Michael Penney: Most people overestimate the value of their antique pieces, especially those that are handed down through the family. If it's the difference between you actually enjoying a piece of furniture or pitching it because it looks so outdated, go ahead and paint it. Don't worry about whether you're affecting the value, because the true value is in the usefulness of the piece. Plus, it's reversible: If your tastes change, you can strip it or give it another coat of paint.
BW: What's the secret to the perfect distressed finish?
MP: I like painted furniture to look like I didn't paint it—as though that's how I found it at a flea market or a thrift store. Those kinds of pieces are distressed in a very natural way, showing scuffs and imperfections in the places where they would get wear from being used, like the edges or the knobs. That's what I'm going for.
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|This story was originally part of "Five Minutes with Michael Penney" in the September 2015 issue. |
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