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How to Make Furniture Look Rustic With Acrylic Paint

If you want to restore old pieces of furniture, here are some tips on how to make them look rustic: Glue first, then set paint, roller brush the color, and distress it. Then, apply a second coat if necessary. You can also use chalk or flat latex paint. But be sure to follow these basic steps for the best results. You’ll end up with beautiful, aged-looking pieces in no time.

Distressed furniture

If you have a piece of wooden furniture that needs distressing, you can easily achieve this with a little acrylic paint. To begin, prepare the furniture by washing it thoroughly and applying clear furniture wax. Apply the wax with a paintbrush or kitchen sponge. Then, let it dry completely before adding the next layer of paint. Use fine sandpaper to sand off the excess wax. You can also use an abrasive cloth to scrape off any extra paint.

Chalk paint

To give the furniture an old-fashioned, country look, you can distress it with chalk paint. Some methods don’t use steel wool or sandpaper, but they all require at least two coats of chalk paint, which should be dried according to the manufacturer’s instructions. After two coats of chalk paint have completely dried, you can distress the furniture by using sandpaper on the distressed areas. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can also apply a dark glaze over the top of the first layer of paint.

Flat latex paint

There are many ways to give your furniture a distressed look without the hassle of stripping or refinishing. A basic technique involves applying a thin layer of latex paint to the furniture. You may use a flat paintbrush, or chalk or milk paint that gives the same sheen. You may also choose to apply a wax finish, which will help your flat paint adhere to the varnished or oil-based finish.


If you are looking to restore a piece of furniture, there are a few steps you can take. First, you should fix the damaged area. If you cannot replace the piece of furniture, you can apply glue to the area. After gluing, use a roller brush to apply paint. Don’t forget to distress the paint. To create crackles, you can use Elmer’s Glue.

Oil-based paint

When it comes to painting your furniture, oil-based paints are the most durable. Unlike water-based paints, they can be applied over previously painted surfaces without the need for primer. They also adhere well to porous surfaces and cure faster. However, they are not always readily available and may be banned in some areas. If you’re considering using oil-based paint on your furniture, make sure you know what you’re doing.

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