Antiquing is a more involved from of distressing whereby the artisan intends not only to age a piece, but also to create the appearance of an antique. In addition to distressing the finish, the artisan may reapply historical paint colors, antique-like faux finish and/or crackle varnishes. Several antiquing methods involve glazes in which colors blend into crevices to produce the desired illusion. All antiquing methods are time-consuming and normally require many steps to obtain the look of an aged and worn finish.

The greatest challenge in applying an antique finish is to create an end product that could well have eveolved over decades. To achieve this end, the artisan may deliberately sand, dent, hammer, bleach, pickle or scrape the finish of the surface.

To mimic Mother Nature we have employed such imaginative techniques as blending horse manure with linseed oil and submerging furniture in a pond. These are extreme techniques where slight physical alterations are made to the surface, followed up by several subtle layers of color.

Cyprus dyed with aniline dyes to replicate old barn wood.