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.
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.
The shabby chic look is best achieved with wooden furniture and a couple of coats of Rust -Oleum Chalky Finish furniture paint.
3 Ways to Get an Antiqued Look When Painting Furniture Paint – Distress – Stain– This process involves doing the basic painting process of priming your piece, then painting with your choice of color. Paint – Dark Wax- The second most popular technique to antique furniture is using dark wax over a painted piece. Paint – Dark Glaze.
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.