A few weeks ago I painted a vanity in Heirloom Traditions Buttermilk and given an antique effect with Ancient Aging Powder – a powdered pigment that mimics the look of dust settled into the cracks and crevices of an antique piece of furniture.
Since then my inbox has been flooded with questions on how to use Dust of Ages and Ancient Aging Powders so I thought a tutorial might be helpful so you will know what to expect when working with a product like this.
Ancient Aging Powder allows you to keep a piece white while giving it the depth and dimension that wax can provide. It’s sorta the best of both worlds.
I painted up a few sample boards to play with.
Wipe off any excess and buff. I use an old t-shirt.
Tip: Use a white t-shirt. When you use a colored shirt the fuzzys tend to wipe off onto the wax.
Wipe off any excess dust.
And you are done!
The same process can be used with Dust of Ages – here I used it on Black Bean. Just keep the rule of opposites in mind. Use opposite colors for best results – dark dust on light colors and white dust on dark colors.
I hope this helps you tackle your projects with Dust of Ages or Ancient Aging Powders – they are so fun to play with and help you avoid having to use two waxes – like a clear and dark, and just cuts your process down to one simple step.