On Sat, 12 Jul 2003 15:12:31 +0200, "Ruben Fairbrother"
There are too many possibles for us to advise without seeing a
picture. Could you post a picture to alt.binaries.pictures.furniture ?
White paint finishes are modern - old paints would _always_ discolour
and yellow somewhat. A nice rustic finish that's easy to give a
patina to is to use milk paint, buff it gently with a coarse cloth to
apply some "age" and then finish it with oil and wax. It won't work
convincingly for white those.
How this piece woudl be done commercially is to use a whit eemulsion
paint (as you'd use for walls) and then either mix with it, or apply
over the top a coat of an acrylic glaze. This glaze is available as
very expensive tiny quantities from decorator shops, or cheaply by the
gallon from good paint shops. I suggest you find a book on paint
effects by Jocasta Innes or Annie Sloane, and take it from there.
You could use an old traditional white paint for stonework, such as
distemper, but this is very fragile and would need oiling to give it
any strength at all. Even then, I don't think it would last.
Another possibility is liming wax. This needs an unfinished hardwood
like ash, beech or oak. You brush it with a bronze wire bruch to open
up the grain, apply the white-coloured liming wax, then give an
overcoat of clear wax.