Skip To Content

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.

16 Distressed Furniture Pieces You’ll Want In Your Home

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)

FULL STORY HERE

Trackback from your site.

Leave a Reply

*
*

About our blog

Our agents write often to give you the latest insights on owning a home or property in the Chattanooga area.

Testimonials

I felt very comfortable working to find the right house with Diane.  I also knew I could call & ask her opinion on anything.  when I was struggling with the finance staff Diane would step in and push to get answers & make sure that I was getting the credit information.  When the interest rate did not get locked & rate went up she was very helpful in assisting me to fight to get it fixed.
Grace