flat latex paint
Paint frames with a coat of your base color (the shade that will show underneath the distress finish). After the paint is dry, rub Vaseline onto various spots on the frame . Paint on a layer of your top coat color of chalk paint . Once the top coat of paint is dry, use a clean, dry rag to wipe away the Vaseline.
Distressing Tools: Screws, a hammer, chain, nails, a nail set, an old saw blade, and a sander are a few of the tools you can use to mechanically distress wood . Liquids: White vinegar, stains, and paints are three types of fluids you may want to use for faux-aging wood . Vinegar creates a silvery-gray appearance.
I used a variety of 100 – 220 grit sandpaper to do my distressing , and it helped to have a hand sander or sanding sponge to wrap the sandpaper around. It gave me a little more to grip. The general rule when distressing is to sand on sections that would naturally receive wear and tear over time: corners.
Use your finger to rub petroleum jelly on the parts of the frame you want to look distressed – mostly the edges and details. Paint three coats of white paint. Let dry. Use a damp paper towel to gently wipe the frame down.
When you distress your furniture after you apply your initial coat of wax , you don’t want to wait a day or two to do so. You will have an easier time of it if you distress immediately after you paint and wax … before the paint has had a chance to thoroughly dry and begin its curing process.
Steps: Lightly sand the object you want to distress . Paint the entire piece in the base coat color you’ve selected. For the bare-wood look : When the base coat is dry, start sanding off areas that would naturally end up distressed — places where hands would have held it, or corners that could easily get nicked.