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How to Make New Wallpaper Look Old

    • 1). Clean the wallpapered walls thoroughly with a damp sponge.

    • 2). Add several drops of water-based stain to a can of shellac primer to tint. The tinted primer will be used to glaze the walls with an antique finish. Stir the mixture thoroughly, and test the tint color and saturation in an inconspicuous area. Add more stain, if necessary.

    • 3). Wipe the stain on to the wall with a rag, working in circular motions. At the same time, wipe excess stain from the wall with another rag, leaving behind a translucent, slightly mottled appearance.

    • 4). Stand back frequently to check the look of the patina, wiping off or adding more stain as needed. Keep in mind that shellac primer dries quickly and adjustments need to be made promptly. If necessary, clean up or "erase" primer left too long with denatured alcohol.

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