Wood Block Paint Antiquing Technique

With additional technique and without.

Hi!!! This is another way to get an aged antique effect on painted objects when they are still brand new or you are refinishing a project. I think it gives it more character and a look of history, even if the project is brand new. Weathering a storm or two I can relate to…. I don’t know about you. I think that’s why I like the look. It’s amazing what we can survive and still be beautiful with a little TLC.

My daughter helped me with this project. She had never done it before, but even at 6 1/2 years old she was able to get it look quite cute! You can too!!!


  • Project to paint
  • Paint brush
  • Scrap of wood block (not very sanded…. just enough to get rid of any splinters that might be there)
  • Safe place to paint (we used a newspaper ad on a desk)
  • Paint holder of some kind (to measure out and not have all your paint dry out)
  • Light colored paint… usually in a lighter grey, cream, tan, brown, white, or ivory type color (We used Waverly Chalk Paint in Mineral… which is kind of a grey brown color.)
  • Folkart Wood Tint or another wood tint that works well with chalk paint (We used Walnut.)
  • Even lighter color paint than your base (We used Cashew colored Waverly Chalk paint.)


  1. Paint the project your light base color. Let it dry a little so that it doesn’t have a shine.
  2. Add some tint with an almost dry brush. It takes the slightest amount. Let it dry for a few minutes as well.
  3. Get out the lightest color chalk paint on your paint holder and dip your wood block but then dab off any excess so as not to have too much in any one spot.
    • Tip: with wood tint or the wood block application, always go from the outside of the project towards the middle. If you start in the middle it gives a less authentic look to the project.

I hope this inspires you to get some creations started! It truly is an easy technique and as you saw, you don’t have to wait a whole lot of time between steps, and my Kindergartener can do it, so most anyone can.

Published by Donna Beth Feagins

I am a mom of 2, wife, and am always looking to create something myself instead of buying it. I met Katy from Little Katy Bugs after becoming a mom, and we both love to craft, both have active families, and a tactful way of telling others what we truly think. I LOVE THAT!!! Art is subjective and so is crafting. So, you may not love everything we make or do, but our goal is to inspire you to create yourself and make things that you will LOVE! We do still sell some of our crafts on the site, at craft fairs, and Katy now participates in a booth store front. Check out our Facebook page for more on the booth. Sometimes we just need inspiration and camaraderie. I hope we can help provide those things to you. Sincerely Donna Beth, a Co-Blogger of www.LittleKatyBugs.com

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