How to Distress Furniture

    What’s old is chic again. Follow these step-by-instructions for achieving a distressed look on furniture.

    In  our grandmothers’ day, if a piece of furniture or a picture frame was distressed, it meant it had been around for generations and most of the paint had worn off in areas that had been rubbed by hands or nicked by being moved too many times. Today, the distressed look is sought-after, and it can add character and style to many types of decor.

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    Surprisingly, the process is relatively simple. The first step is to determine what you’d like the finished piece to look like. If below the distressed areas you’d like to see an old paint color, as if the piece has been painted many times over, you’ll need to paint two colors. Consider a brighter color for the base coat so it shows up well as it peeks through the top coat. If you want the rubbed-off areas to reveal bare wood, the technique requires only one coat.

    You also need to decide whether to add a stain to it afterward, which will mute or age the color(s) you’ve selected. To retain the integrity of your color choice, you may just want to paint clear polyurethane over the finished project. A water-based polyurethane that won’t yellow over time is a good choice.

    Ready to distress for success? Here’s what to do:

    Materials and Tools:

    object to be distressed (wooden frame, piece of furniture, etc.)
    satin latex paint for the base coat
    satin latex paint or a wood stain for the top coat
    painting tools
    candle
    medium-grade steel wool
    sandpaper
    tack cloth
    polyurethane to finish (optional)

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