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How to Paint Furniture to Look Rustic

If you’re looking to transform your old furniture into a more rustic and comfortable space, here are a few tips that will help you achieve the look. The first step in painting is to thoroughly clean your furniture and allow it to dry completely before you begin. Once you’ve prepared your furniture for painting, you should lightly sand it with a 150-grit sanding block to remove any sheen, making the paint stick better.

Work wax into furniture

To give rustic furniture a fresh new look, you can apply a coat of clear paste wax. After applying the wax, you should work it into the wood with a lint-free cloth to ensure that it is evenly distributed. After the wax has completely soaked into the wood, you can use sandpaper to distress the piece. The wax will not become tacky until it has cured completely, so you can buff it off after the distressing is complete.

Use sanding sponges or a sanding block

You can sand down furniture to give it a distressed appearance by using sanding sponges or a block to remove the old paint. Sandpaper comes in different grits, which means you can use them to get different textures. Use a sanding sponge with different grits on both sides to give the furniture a smoother finish. Sanding sponges come in various sizes, including large ones that are ideal for preparing furniture for painting. Smaller sponges are useful for sanding detail. Use a sponge with a dust channel to minimize the dust when you’re sanding.

Distress with beeswax distressing bar

The beeswax distressing bar is a natural refinishing medium that can be used to create a distressed look on furniture. It comes in a generous 50g / 1.75oz size and is a must-have for completing multiple DIY projects. The beeswax acts as a resisting medium, allowing the paint to be rubbed over it to create a rustic look.

Seal painted wood

There are many benefits of sealing painted wood furniture, particularly decorative pieces. Not only will it protect against scratches, smudges, and dirt, but it will also help keep it looking great. The properly applied sealant will also give your furniture depth and shine. Learn how to use a sealer to get the desired look. Here are some of the most popular options. And keep in mind that if you’re planning on using your painted wood furniture a lot, you’ll want to use a sealer.

Layer paint

There are several ways to layer paint on your furniture to make it look more rustic. You can buy old, weathered furniture from an inheritance or thrift store, or you can build it yourself. There are many advantages to this approach, including cost and size. If you are looking for a look that combines coastal and farmhouse elements, you can use these techniques to create a look that fits your home. But if you’re not sure how to start, here are a few things to keep in mind.

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