Antiquing Wood furniture
We used 220 grit fine sandpaper to scratch up the surface of the whole piece of furniture, to sand out the sheen from the satin paint. Then, we went around the edges and quickly rubbed them with the fine sandpaper to expose the white paint and the raw wood underneath. CAUTION: When using sandpaper quickly, it heats up fast and can burn your fingers, so wear work gloves during this step!
The more you sand, the more of the raw wood underneath will show through; sand lightly and you'll just expose the paint underneath. Vary the amount of sanding you do in spots, since not all edges wear evenly. Think about how the piece is used in day-to-day life. I sanded the front edge of the seat, the corners, and the front edge of the cross beam at the bottom (kids like to put their shoes on things!) more than say, the underside of the seat or the back of the legs. You don't want a perfectly straight or even wear on the edges.