Good Questions: Faded Advertisement Look at Home?

Good Questions: Faded Advertisement Look at Home?

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Maxwell Ryan
Aug 20, 2007

Hello AT,

i love the look of those faded advertisements you sometimes see on the side of old buildings. i'd like to duplicate the look on a wall at home using an old poster, but i don't know how to get that weathered look. any suggestions?

thanks, alison

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Dear Alison,

Very interesting question. We've neved had this one before.

First of all we'd experiment before you do it with a poster you love, and we'd try applying a small poster to your wall with wallpaper paste and then distressing it in various ways as well as painting over it with thin washes of paint.

We'd try:
- washing it roughly with scrubby sponge
- using varying strengths of cleaner (ie. comet, Bon Ami)
- thin paint washing with white or off white latex and water

Anyone else??

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