Creating A Distressed Look On A Budget 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 .
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.
You CAN use regular paint but it will come off easier than spray paint. Use an acrylic or latex paint in a lighter color and paint two coats. Wait for the paint to dry for one hour per coat. Truly old furniture that has the look of shabby chic often has layers of paint where some of the layers underneath show through.
For your base coat you can use anything… Acrylic , latex and even spray paint . You can paint the whole thing if you want it more distressed . After that dries it’s time for your Vaseline!
Besides its matte finish, chalk paint differs from traditional paint in several other ways. Plus, because of its consistency, chalk paint is less likely to drip than regular paint . Chalk paint is water-based, so you can clean your brushes with soap and water rather than having to use mineral spirits.
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.