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How to Paint Furniture Rustic Blue

To begin painting your rustic blue furniture, you’ll want to clean it first. To remove any dust or debris, clean your furniture with soap and water. Rinse it thoroughly and dry it with a clean tack cloth. Next, apply a coat of latex water-based paint. Use thin, even strokes to cover the surface of the furniture. Then, allow it to dry overnight. You can apply multiple coats of paint for the best results.

Reverse paint distressing

Distressing furniture is a popular DIY project, and you don’t need sandpaper or rags to do it! Instead, distressing is an artistic process you do while you paint. According to Carrie from Thrifty Eighth Street, the secret is to apply thin layers of paint and then wipe the excess off using a paper towel. You can also use a scouring pad instead of a rag.


You can achieve a distressed look on your wooden furniture by wet-distressing it with a scouring pad or wet sanding paper. While it is more abrasive than a damp cloth, a wet-distressing sponge is gentler than sandpaper. Using a wet scrubbing pad will give the furniture a more rustic appearance without over-distressing it.

Milk paint

There are several ways to transform a piece of rustic blue furniture. You can purchase a jar of milk paint or make your own with your favorite recipe. Milk paint is a natural product and will show varying colors, textures, and unique characteristics depending on how it is mixed. You can use the paint to add texture and color to any project. You can also apply top coats to protect your piece from water spots and to make cleaning easier.

Flat latex paint

You can use flat latex paint for distressing furniture. This kind of paint is easier to apply because of its matte finish. You can also use chalk paint, which provides a similar sheen. If you don’t want to use paint, consider using milk paint instead. Latex paint adheres better to oil and varnish finishes. If you’re painting furniture that has already been stained, use oil-based paint primer first.

Using sandpaper

When painting furniture, you can add distressing to get a rustic, worn look. Using 150-grit sandpaper will help you achieve this look. However, you can also use 180 grit sandpaper to give your piece an even more distressed look. Use sandpaper with a finer grit to make the distressing look more natural. When using a coarse grit, the distressed look will be much less natural and will leave visible marks on the other parts of the piece.

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