Fauxtique Your Home: Giving newer items that antique country feel.

Fauxtique…fauxtiquing… I’m not sure if anyone else will find that made up word funny, but I do. I came up with it on the fly and then laughed out loud to myself and thought, “no I can’t use that, it’s too corny.” And, here I am using it. I like corny things. I like the word fauxtique. There aren’t a lot of English words that contain the letter X and Q together. Then again, fauxtique isn’t actually a word but we’re going to go with it anyway.

Fauxtiquing: the process of taking something new or newer and giving an older, antique look. 

Recently, I’ve fauxtiqued a lot of things so that they match the style of our new home. As I mentioned in a previous post our house looks like a farmhouse and a cabin had a baby. The outside is the traditional reddish barn color with wood siding and the inside is all natural tongue and groove wood with high vaulted ceilings. I’m not sure who designed this place but it was just strange enough that we instantly fell in love with it when we walked through the doors and bought it 4 days later. As a younger couple just starting out, we didn’t own a lot of furniture and we definitely didn’t own furniture that matched our new home. Most of the furniture that Vince and I owned was for bedroom spaces. We didn’t really have any furniture for the rest of the house except hand me downs or what I still had left over from my college years (Thanks IKEA for getting me through those years on a budget).

So now that we own our first home we get the delightful experience of trying to furnish and decorate it, with our farmhouse/homestead style, on a budget. For this post, I’m going to walk you through how to fauxtique a TV stand and at some point, I’ll do another post on how to fauxtique walls. We turned a new TV stand that we purchased at an auction for $15 into a vintage inspired country cabinet using crackle paint. We love this project because it’s cheap, easy and adds that country feel we were looking for in our living room. The total cost for the project was less than $50.

Fauxtiqued TV Stand

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We have this local auction yard that auctions off overstock from major retailers like Macy’s and JC Pennys. We were fortunate to pick up a brand new, all white, glass fronted TV stand for $15 there. I didn’t think to take a photo of it before I started painting it brown, so you’ll have to use your imagination. We wanted to give this piece a crackle paint finish that’s typical of aging paint found on antique farmhouse furniture. This is the process to make any piece of furniture have a crackle finish.

Shopping list

Flat base color paint

Flat or satin top color paint

Crackle finish

Paint brushes

Chicken wire 

Staple gun with staples

Screwdriver (for removing doors/drawers)

Sandpaper and clear finish (optional)

Blowdryer

  1. Pick out a base color that will appear under your crackled paint. This base color must be flat paint in order to achieve the proper crackle finish. The quantity you’ll need will depend on the size of your project. One quart of brown copper was enough for this TV stand.
  2. Pick out a top coat color in either flat or satin. This will be the main color that will appear with the crackles in it. Again, one quart was enough for this TV stand but you will want to buy enough to paint your project.
  3. Take out any glass or other open space coverings for windows, doors, etc. and take off any doors, drawers, or anything attached by hardware that you don’t want paint on. We took off the sliding doors from the front of this TV stand and then took out the glass that appeared in the front of the doors before painting.
  4. Paint your base color all over your project and let dry for at least 8 hours, 12 is better. If your project has an especially glossy finish, you may want to sand it down before painting so that the paint adheres better. I chose not to do this since our item wasn’t going to have heavy use and peeling was unlikely.
  5. Once the base coat is dry, apply the crackle finish which goes on clear. Wait the recommended time on the bottle before painting on the top coat. For the brand we used, it was a minimum of a 45 minute wait.
  6. Apply the top coat onto the tacky crackle finish layer, moving quickly. We chose a teal colored paint, though it appears much lighter in color in these photos than it actually is. If you apply brush strokes in one direction, your crackle will be linear in the direction you’ve painted. If you apply it in a cross-hatch pattern, your crackle will be less uniform. The paint will crackle along the brush stroke lines, so be sure to paint the top coat in the design pattern you’d like your crackle to appear. We used a cross-hatch pattern.img_0667
  7. Once the project is covered in the top coat, take a blowdryer and blow dry your piece in the spots you’d like a dramatic crackle. If left to dry on it’s own the crackle will be  muted. You can choose to blow-dry it everywhere or only in spots. We chose to blow-dry it everywhere because we wanted a really dramatic crackle finish.
  8. Let your project dry for 24 hours and decide if you’d like to apply a clear finish to it. For heavily used furniture or items, we’d suggest this step. Though, we did not complete this step.
  9. Reattach any doors, drawers, or pieces you disassembled before painting (of course after painting them if that’s what you choose–though you can always paint them with crackle using different colors from the main piece).
  10. To finish the piece off, instead of replacing the glass we took out in step 3, we replaced it with chicken wire. We stapled the chicken wire to the back side of the doors, fully covering the holes where the glass once was to give the piece an ultimate country feel.

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Voila! A country-inspired “Fauxtiqued” TV stand that fits perfectly into our home!

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