How to Antique Particle Board

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Things You'll Need

  • 6 or more clean cloth rags

  • Ammonia-based cleaner

  • Protective eye goggles

  • Heavy work gloves

  • Protective mouth and nose mask

  • 220-grit sandpaper

  • Shellac

  • Foam brush or foam roller

  • 3 or more paint brushes

  • Paint color

  • Wood stain

  • Large can of polyurethane paint


Use contact paper that can also be repositioned. Do not rush any drying process. Do not use enamel paint for this project, as enamel has a high gloss color that is inconsistent with an antique look.


Always work in a well-ventilated area. Use protective eye gear, face mask and heavy work gloves.

Create an antique look with furniture made from particle board.

Creating an antique look is possible, whether your material is real wood or particle board, also known as chipboard, MDF/LDF fiberboard and OSB. Some precautions need to be observed; however, creating an antique look for particle boards allows renters and dormers to enjoy a more luxurious look within budget.


Step 1

Remove stubborn grime, old color and old finishes. Use an ammonia-based cleaner on particle board with veneer, but use only a dry cloth on bare particle board. Never use moisture on particle board, as moisture soaks and damages the board.

Step 2

Use sandpaper on all surfaces. Veneer needs more vigorous sanding, but be careful not to damage the board. Wipe off any residual dust particles.

Step 3

Never rush drying time between coats of shellac, paint and stain.

Prime the board with shellac using a foam brush or foam roller. Brush on with even strokes. Let dry overnight, then apply a second coat and let dry another night.


Step 4

Apply two or more coats of paint in your desired color, letting each coat dry overnight.

Step 5

Sanding paint helps create that time-worn look.

Start creating a used, antique look by sanding/distressing the new paint lightly over the entire piece of furniture. Sand corners, knobs and raised areas to create a time-worn look.


Step 6

Apply stain and while still wet, wipe off some stain with a clean cloth, letting enough color seep into the crevices and ridges. At this point, paint color will show through, with the stain and sanding creating the wear and tear look of an antique. Buff with a second clean cloth when stain is almost dry.

Step 7

Apply a coat of polyurethane; let dry for two to three days. Repeat for two or three more coats, letting each coat dry well before applying the next layer. Polyurethane protects the particle board from scratches, chips, stains and damage from liquids.


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Loi Diaz

Loi Diaz has been a home stager, copywriter and scriptwriter since 1983. She has written for Junior Citizen Publications, McCann-Erickson and Ogilvy & Mather. Fluent in two languages, Diaz holds a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast communications from the University of the Philippines, as well as Canadian certificates in home staging and design.