More Tips on Distressing Furniture
The process for distressing furniture that you don't want to stain is similar to how you would do it if you were staining.
- Start out with less costly pieces.
- Sand the piece.
- Select a smooth piece, but you'll always need to sand it with fine sandpaper. This will give you an even finish.
- Fill all nicks or holes with wood fill.
- Let the wood fill dry completely.
- Sand again to remove residue. You don't want a blotchy or uneven look.
- Sand in the direction of the grain.
- Sand oak pieces to a medium smoothness using medium-coarse 120-grit sandpaper.
- Sand other types of wood with medium sandpaper, no finer than 150 grit.
- Wipe down each piece using painter's tack cloth.
- After sanding, use a brush and apply a coat of primer.
- Apply coat in direction of the grain.
- when primer is dry, sand lightly.
- Wipe down again with a clean cloth.
- Now apply your final coat of paint.
- To further make the piece look old, sand the edges until slightly rounded so there are no sharp corners.
- Sanding will create the look of natural wear and tear.
- To simulate wormholes and insect damage, use an ice pick.
- Create tiny holes in the surface of the wood.
- Create flyspecks with an old toothbrush dipped into black ink.
- Protect the area, then use a toothpick to splatter the paint for a speckled look.
- Rub the toothpick over the bristles of the brush and point in the right direction.
Crackling is another way to antique your furniture.
- Choose a stain or paint the surface.
- Apply the crackle finish over the painted surface.
- Apply a thin layer for small cracks.
- A thick layer will give you larger cracks.
- Apply an acrylic topcoat when dry.
- Let dry and the crackle will appear almost immediately.
- When finished, apply another coat of clear satin acrylic sealer.
Now your new dents and "flaws" will add a beautiful element of character to your room.
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