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.
You may choose to chemically remove paint and varnish from the furniture before you begin sanding , but this isn’t necessary. You ‘ll still want to sand it even if you do remove finish chemically, so you can sand out any scratches or light damage to the furniture and get it ready for a coat of paint or stain.
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.
Prepare Your Space. Start by laying down drop cloths and preparing the area. Sand and Clean the Piece. Sand the surface of 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.
softwood & hardwood boards Step 1: Choose the Wood ” Step 2: Rough Up the Wood ” Step 3: Stab and Scour the Wood ” Step 4: Scrub the Surface with a Wire Brush ” Step 5: Sand Down the Sharp Edges ” Step 6: Create a Vinegar Treatment ” Step 7: Apply the Treatment to the Wood ” Step 8: Apply a Coat of Light Paint ”
Yes you can distress furniture paint with regular flat latex paint . It’s a budget friendly alternative. A flat latex paint is easy to sand and you can use my vinegar and water distressing technique . You can layer two colors, and create lots of the looks if you use flat latex paint .
If it’s varnished, use sandpaper or a good quality paint and varnish remover. Apply a coat of water-based acrylic primer – This simply gives your furniture a smoother finish, making it easier to work on. Because it’s a shabby chic project, you don’t need to be neat. Even if you’re rubbish at painting , you’ll be fine.
Clean it with alcohol or a mixture of water and vinegar with a 1:1 ratio. This not only cleans your surface but it also dries out the surface so the wood absorbs the paint more efficiently. If you want the final look to be rustic like this coffee table you can begin painting after sanding with the 60 to 80 grit paper.
Milk paint , which you can purchase as a powder or premixed, or even whip it up yourself at home, is a nontoxic and biodegradable paint option that’s great for use on wood furniture —and if you mix it with an equal part of bonding agent, you don’t need to sand the piece before beginning.
When You Can Skip Sanding , Deglossing and Priming If the finish on your furniture isn’t damaged or chipping, it’s flat not shiny and you aren’t painting it a drastically different color, then you may be able to just go ahead and start painting . Before painting though, do make sure the piece is clean.
Minwax Polycrylic – Is the best water-based poly to use to seal painted furniture . It is inexpensive and works great. You can’t go wrong applying it when you use a quality brush and/or a foam flocked roller with rounded ends. Apply in light coats, letting each coat dry before applying another light coat.