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.
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 .
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 ”
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.
Make The White Paint Look Old To age the white paint I used Caromal Colours Toner. This is one of my favorite DIY products. The process to make any paint color look old is as simple as brushing the toner onto the paint and then wiping it off with a damp rag until you get the desired effect . Easy as pie.
Use sandpaper to “distress” After all your hard work to achieve a smooth and even finish , it’s time to grab some fine sandpaper (220 grade) and start to “distress” the finish to add the appearance of age. Sand the newly painted area.
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.
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.