Knowing how to distress furniture can come in handy when you want the look of an antique piece but cannot afford the price. By distressing a piece of furniture yourself, you will get the look you want for a fraction of the cost. However, distressing furniture can be tricky. So use these steps to guide you.
- Take off any hardware or glass that you do not want to be distressed. There is going to be a lot of destruction when you distress furniture. So if there is anything you do not want distressed or broken, remove it now.
- Remove any old paint or stain. In order to get a great distressed look, you need to start with a clean slate. So remove any old paint or stain that might be on the piece so you can start with a clean slate.
- Hit the piece of furniture with a hammer, chisel and other hard items to give the appearance of heavy use. Randomly hit the piece of furniture with different tools, being careful to not go overboard. Make the piece look like it is old but not junk. You want to dent and rough up the piece but you do not want to break it.
- Sand the piece with 120 grit sandpaper to smooth out any rough spots and create an ideal surface to paint or stain. Get rid of any splinters or rough spots first and then lightly sand the rest of the piece. The sanding will allow the paint or stain to adhere to the furniture more easily.
- Use paint or stain to accent the distressed places on the piece. Now that the piece has been prepared, apply the paint or stain and lightly wipe down with an old cloth. Be sure to only work on one small area at a time so that the finish does not dry before you have time to wipe it down.
- Once the first coat of stain or paint has dried, it is time to do it again. Repeat step five until your furniture is the the desired color.
- Apply a clear acrylic coat to protect and seal your distressed finish. You have worked hard to give your piece of furniture a great distress look, so take the time to protect it. Just one coat of clear acrylic coating will help protect your finish over the years.
- Once the acrylic coat has dried, all you have left to do is enjoy it. Move it to its rightful spot and put it to good use. Just be careful, now that you know how to distress furniture, you may find yourself wanting to distress everything. So try not to go overboard.