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How to Distress Existing Furniture

If you’re looking for a quick and easy DIY project for your home, consider making your own distressed furniture. You can find rustic pieces at garage sales, flea markets, and even on Craigslist. With a little bit of sandpaper and paint, you can create a look that looks like the piece was passed down from generation to generation. To get the look of worn-out furniture, start by sanding the surface and painting it with distressing paint.

Distressing furniture

You can learn how to distress existing furniture to give it a distressed look. Distressing is a popular home decor technique that works well on rustic wood furniture. There are many different ways to distress your existing furniture. Depending on the look you’re going for, you can do both on top of and underneath the finish. In a kitchen, you can use wire-brushed baker racks and whitewashed or pickled cabinets. In a sitting room, a crackle-finished urn may do the trick. Learning to distress furniture is a valuable skill to have in your home decor toolkit.


There are many ways to distress your existing furniture. Scraping is a great method that works with or without crackling paint. The method involves removing paint from a piece of furniture using various tools such as a metal spoon, butter knife, or paint scraper. Scraping can go all the way to the original finish of the piece of furniture. Before beginning, choose a color that suits the overall style of the room.

Alligator finish

If you have existing furniture, consider taking it on a little DIY project by distressing it. Distressing furniture is easy and inexpensive, but it doesn’t have to be a complex process. You can purchase distressed furniture at flea markets or even on Craigslist. You can also make your own by sanding the piece with sandpaper and paint. For best results, use reclaimed boat wood.

Crazed effect

You can achieve the crazed effect on existing furniture by using paint based on silicone oil. This type of oil is slicker than mineral oil, which people can feel when they touch it. Silicone oil is often used in furniture polishes, such as Orange Glo, which have received an undeserved bad reputation among refinishers. Unfortunately, silicone oil applied to crazed furniture will only highlight the crazing, not reduce it. For this reason, paste wax is a better solution.

White painted cabinet

Before you start painting your white painted cabinet, you will need to use a primer to protect the surface of the piece. You should use two coats of paint to achieve a durable finish. The white color of the paint has less pigment than that of the primer, so it can appear see-through at first. After applying two coats, however, the result should be a beautifully rustic and charming piece.

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