This blog post is an attempt to take you through the process of giving wood the much-in-vogue distressed look. All it takes are a few coats of paint and some sanding, and voila!
So let us start at the very beginning.... I wanted to paint an old wooden display table with the distressed look. Painting this old table would extend its life as well as revamp its value as a decor piece. This is how the table looked before I started.
First, I lightly sanded the raw wooden surface and added a coat of primer to it. Giving a base coat of primer is always a good idea as it helps smoothen the painting surface, and fills in all the small gaps in the wood. Let the primer dry out well, preferably overnight.
Next I got out my acrylic paints and got to the interesting part. Achieving the distressed look basically involves removing parts of the top coat of paint to reveal the inner layer. So you should always choose contrasting colours to bring out the distressed effect. I chose white as the base coat and a dark pink as the top coat.
As you apply the different colours one over the other, make sure that each coat dries out completely before you paint over it.
Lastly, rub lightly over the dried top coat with a smooth-grain sandpaper to bring out the base coat colour. Remember that the distressed look is not meant to be uniform; at some places the effect will show up more than others.
And TaDa! The distressed wooden table is ready for display.
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