How to Distress Furniture in 6 Easy Steps Materials and Tools. Prepare Your Space. Start by laying down drop cloths and preparing the area. Sand and Clean the Piece. Paint the Piece. Apply Wax and Top Layer of Paint (Optional) Distress the Piece with Sandpaper and Steel Wool. Apply a Stain (Optional) Protect the Finished Piece with Polyurethane.
1 – Sand down that old piece of furniture! 2 – Wipe Down The Furniture. 3 – Paint Your Table . 4 – Wait For The Paint To Dry. 5 – Creating That Distressed Look . 6 – Protect That Table ! 7 – Clean Up Time. 8 – Take A Picture Of Your New Shabby Chic Dining Table .
Instructions Remove the hardware. Sand smooth. Remove the drawers and start painting. Once the paint has dried, wipe one section of the furniture with a damp paper towel. After sanding, wipe off the dust with a clean rag. Repeat the wet sanding technique until you are happy with the distressing .
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.
Here are 5 Ways To Paint Furniture Without Sanding : USE A MINERAL PAINT. Mineral paint is very similar to chalk style paints in that no prep or prime is required. USE MILK PAINT + BONDING AGENT. As I already mentioned, the antique desk in this post was not prep- sanded . USE A BONDING PRIMER. USE A LIQUID SANDER /DEGLOSSER.
How to get a Rustic Finish on New Wood in 4 steps Stain Your Wood. I use a water based stain by Saman, in Dark Walnut. Brush on some crackle coat. (some like to use Elmers Glue for this but I prefer a real crackle coat, I find I have more control). Paint board with white paint. Sand, sand, sand. Seal and Finish the Wood.