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How to Create a Boat-Wood Effect Patina on Furniture

Mimic the look of furniture made from retired Indonesian fishing boats

Inspired by reclaimed-wood furniture made from traditional Indonesian fishing boats that have been retired, this four-color finish features multiple layers of paint, so it has texture—a good fit for pieces that aren't in constant use, like an occasional table.

Step 1

Paint the Base Coat

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Use a chip brush to paint a base coat of red over the entire piece.

Step 2

Apply Colored Layers

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Apply a second coat of thickened paint (here, it's white) with a plastic spatula in a striped pattern. Repeat with two more colors (here, orange and yellow). Let dry for 1½ hours.

Step 3

Scrape and Sand

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With the last coat about 90 percent dry, run a paint scraper and/or sandpaper over surfaces to randomly distress them. Wipe away any residual dust with a rag.

Step 4

Seal With Wax

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With a round brush, apply clear wax in a circular motion, about 1 square foot at a time, wiping away any excess with a rag as you go.

Step 5

Dark Wax to Excess

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Use the wax brush to apply dark wax all over. The wax will settle into the worn spots, giving it an antiqued look. Wipe away any excess with a rag.