How To Paint, Distress And Antique A Piece Of Furniture

Kitchen tables are a very important thing to have at home, don’t you think? To get the color as dark as you need, you have to keep layering the stain on making sure it is drying between coats or it will be sticky. You can always choose to cover with another coat of paint (same color as your second coat) and start the distressing process again. Key is making sure your paints are compatible – otherwise the paint you put on top will bubble and peel off. Some contractors apply several colors to the floor and randomly scrape them off to give the floor an antiqued look. The effect you’re after is that some of the wood grain visible through the paint layers.

We recommend that you contact the manufacturer directly as its possible that agressive paint removers may soften or weaken the weave of the chair. If this is your first Chalk Paint® project, and you’re feeling anxious, you can start with a side of the furniture that won’t get as much air time” like the back legs of a table. I do a lot of projects with old fencing, like this: -/2012/07/ (we had a whole fence blown over in the tornado that hit our house this spring) and I think this look would be great even on my pre-distressed fencing wood – can hardly wait to try!! A final finish can accentuate the look of a newly distressed or weathered treatment.how to make wood look distressed

Step Four: Wipe a generous amount of petroleum jelly on any part of the wood you’d like to be distressed. I loved the idea of white washing but wanted shades of blue and gray coming through – hence my colour choices for the painting process. Next, I took a dry brush and just lightly brushed paint on here and there, using a different combo of paint for each board. Once your final paint coat is dry, you can start distressing it with fine-grit sandpaper.

And for more of that varied and timeworn feeling, Sherry tag-teamed the boards with two different stain colors – Ebony by Minwax , and Dark Walnut by Minwax (which we already had from staining the bottom of the console). I guess my best advice is to wax carefully and if you’re going for a distressed look, don’t worry about chips! Remember that even though the paint feels dry, it’s still fresh and it hasn’t reached its full hardness” yet.

When sanding this time around, just sand enough that some wood shows through on the higher surfaces, but still leave enough white paint behind. After you got the marks the way you want them, and you’ve gone over it with a little two-twenty-grit sandpaper, take the stain of your choice and – I like to use a little rag applicator – you want to make sure you get stain into all of your dings. It would have taken me forever to sand all those little spaces between the boards, so this Vaseline trick was the PERFECT solution for giving these shutters an aged, distressed paint finish.

It was by far the closest that we got to replicating the look of the pallets (you can see a random pallet board on the left in the picture above for reference). And here are some examples of how we used this technique to make old distressed barn boards for actual projects! You can let some of the colour settle into ridges and wood detailing – it will lend itself to an aged look.

I work with this paint often and like how hard of a finish it dries to without being tacky. For this technique you add petroleum jelly over areas that would generally be worn naturally over time BEFORE you paint the final paint color. When you are done, remove the paper and you should be able to see the indention of the letters in the wood. I just have to say that this is one of the better recipes for an old barn wood look.

The problem with white backgrounds though, is that they can easily make a photo feel cold and lack interest. When antiquing furniture, you add layers of paint and stain to achieve a grunge patina, whereas when you distress it, you remove the finish to simulate years of wear. This sideboard mixes distressed wood doors with contemporary style for a timeworn yet formal look.

The most difficult part of the job is to make the distressed effect random, avoiding creating a pattern of any kind. Sanding with a drill: This was actually something we had done before painting our table black, but the circular grooves from a sandpaper disc drill attachment were still visible on our table’s surface, and we added some more for good measure. This is one of those rare cases where I don’t recommend oil-based polyurethane because it will change the color of the floors by adding a slightly amber tint to everything. Finally, the amazing petrified wood look tile in Tasman Blue, from the aptly named porcelain Kauri collection , the Kauri wood inspired.

I wanted a rich wood color and a rough texture, so I used cedar planks, which are more rough sawn than the other wood at the store. So… today I wanted to show you a little technique that we use to make cheap pine boards look all weathered and barn-board-ish. This base colour is what will eventually be revealed when you distress the furniture – like the base coat under a crackle medium. I want to know if there is an easy way to destress cabinets that are already painted off white I just want to rough up the edges but I’m scared I paint a lot but have never done this any good ideas.

If for instance the wood has a polish or coating on it and you wanted to keep the polish or the coating visible after sanding, then I would use the wax. Usually pine barely turns a color for me, even if I dip it in the solution; mine usually ends up a light tan color with cool undertones. For a more subtle style, you can go with just Faro tiles in a natural wood color but also with the distressed effect.

You really can’t get the same greyish brown tones with stain, but if someone forces you to try, you might try either the General Finishes Antique Oak water based stain diluted by at least half OR grey wash (super diluted grey paint) OR a combination of the two layered onto the wood. Antique wood can be very rustic and unpredictable, it can also be slightly more expensive. I struggle with food photography and just recently realized I need to make it easier for myself and get some props and backgrounds done and ready to go when I am ready to take photos. Note, the undercoat will not show as much with it being white under a darker colour.

A common mistake I think a lot of people make in painting furniture is thinking that you can just paint over the old paint, the sand through the new layer of paint, and the old layers of paint in the places you want distressed and get the same look. I’ve used wood conditioner on other stained projects (especially plywood), and have found it to be helpful for raising the grain before staining. Using that brush, paint a coat of stokes” wherever you want it to look distressed. I didn’t want to go that far, so I did not whack my furniture with chains or gauge it with screwdrivers.

With my steel wool and vinegar treatment, I let the mixture sit for 3.5 days before applying it. When applied to the wood directly, it turned a medium very warm brown. And we’re selling more craft-oriented wood finishing products than ever, testament to the nation’s new, softer, more environmentally responsible, less money-grabbing mood. Mix the grout WELL into the paint until you get a thick, milkshake consistency. On the underside of the table, experiment with different shades of paint and thicknesses of paint application to determine the distressed look you like best. To make sure you receive our emails in your Inbox, drag them from the new Gmail Promotions Tab over to your primary Inbox.

Similar technique, again, you don’t want a solid coat, you want some of that dark brown wood and the darker turquoise underneath to show through. I staggered the ends of the boards to create a rustic look instead of squaring off the ends in a straight line. I haven’t used spray paint on furniture, but I know other people do. Temperature may have also been a factor (look on the cans for the recommended temperatures). You could also use wood clamps if you have them, but basically you just want something that will hold the pieces firmly together until the glue is dry. Using a pre-stain wood conditioner on porous wood such as pine helps promote uniform color when applying stain.