This antique paper towel holder is the perfect addition to a rustic kitchen, retro kitchen, or even a vintage kitchen décor.
Creating an antique Paper Towel Holder on a budget is an easy project that can be accomplished in a weekend. To start this antiquing project you will need to find an inexpensive wood Paper Towel Holder that you don’t mind painting and experimenting with.
If you have an old wood Paper Towel Holder and just want to change the color or look this paint process is also good, just leave off the parts about molding and embellishments.
Here is a list of supplies you will need to start antiquing your Paper Towel Holder:
· Paint (2 colors)
· Roller paint brushes
· A variety of 2″, 3″, or 4″ paint brushes
· Wood stain
· Drop clothes
· Paper Towel Holder
If your Paper Towel Holder sits flat on the kitchen counter you can give it additional interest by adding feet. Wooden drawer knobs work well and are usually inexpensive. Best of all they come with a screw attached, so all you have to do is drill the hole in the base of your Paper Towel Holder and screw them in.
If possible try to paint your Paper Towel Holder outside on a nice sunny day to shorten the drying time. You can work on it inside though if necessary.
Step one to creating an antiqued Paper Towel Holder is to begin by sanding the surface of your plain Paper Towel Holder. Once you have the surface lightly sanded, you should wipe off the dust with a clean dry clothe. An old white t-shirt will work perfectly here.
Now, you are ready to put a coat of primer. If you are using a wood Paper Towel Holder this is a very important step. Your antiquing painting technique will not stick to your surface if you don’t sand and then prime your Paper Towel Holder.
Allow your primer to dry completely before you move on to step three of the antiquing process. Step three is to put on a coat of your base paint. This paint should not be the actual color you want your Paper Towel Holder to end up, but the color you want to show through when you antique the Paper Towel Holder.
I recommend a cream color paint or possibly even yellow. If you already have white paint from another project this will work as well. Allow this base coat of paint to fry completely.
Now you are ready to paint your bookcase with the real color you wish it to be. I always recommend painting a color that goes with your existing décor.
Don’t be scared to choose a bright color because the antiquing process will tone down the appearance of the Paper Towel Holder considerably.
Once your Paper Towel Holder color has dried you are ready to start antiquing it. Start by using the sand paper to rough up edges and other areas that would typically be used over time.
Once you have finished sanding the Paper Towel Holder wipe the surface down with a clean dry cloth.
You can stop at this point, but if you want to go the extra mile you can use a mixture of ½ wood stain and ½ glaze to darken your piece. This darkening will mimic years of dirt and the aging process.
Start by mixing you paint and glaze in a plastic container. Use a white rag or another old t-shirt to rub the stain onto the piece. Use another clean rag to gently wipe this stain away.
You should see that the color of your paint will instantly darken and mellow out. Work in small areas so that the stain mixture does not dry on you.