Okay, so here is the bottom line: If you have an old house, why would you want things to look brand spanking *today* new? You’re not fooling anyone. The outside of your house is old, the trees are old, the neighborhood is old. Putting in sleek and shiny new new new is kind of like living in retirement community, getting a major facelift, but everything else… still sags. Don’t fight ’em, join ’em: Those aren’t wrinkles, they are patina. Now, this may be the craziest extreme to go to yet, but if you are putting up new vintage-style wallpaper, why not take the additional time to give it some immediate patina? You can do it with Ralph Lauren’s Faux Aging Glaze, which I believe is sold at Home Depot. I’m not saying you have to go so far as “smoke” or “tobacco” — I’m not sayin’ *dirty* — but “sun fade” and “tea stain” might be just right. I think I am going to try sun fade in my blue bathroom this year. The glaze also can be used on woodwork — and looks like a very cool way to age bright white cabinetry, in particular. That’s maybe more of a country look than we normally are after, but cool, nonetheless. Paneling? Could be very interesting, too.
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