Ok….we are going to just tackle this in two tutorials.
If you want more details on any specific part….please let me know in the comments.
Simple and sweet is name of the game.
Painting…distressing and waxing.
This pic is of the table on the left completed and chair on the right only painted…..not distressed yet.
I want you to see how it really changes the look once it is distressed.
If you want bright white…..beautifully painted……you can skip the distressing part.
I LOVE DISTRESSING.
Because it hides imperfections and really let’s my family “live” with the piece.
We don’t wear flip flops all the time.
Snake boots….tennis shoes…….they are in our daily wardrobe.
So, I need pieces that can take a licking…..
But keep on ticking ; )
That’s why I love distressing.
See these three chairs?
Â They are in three different stages.
One on left…..only painted.
Middle….distressed and stained….
The middle stage….freaks me out every time.
It gets dirty looking…..smeary…..yucky….
But you may like, dirty, smeary and yucky.
I mean….it’s all good.
But…..I accidentally did the final step and it leaves my pieces the way I really like them.
Let me explain.
That would help wouldn’t it?
~Husbands old t-shirts…..(good way to get him to part with yellowed old undershirts) I cut mine into four pieces.
~Minwax finishing paste…(you may have a favorite)
Actually, this is the second step. I’m assuming you have painted your piece and let it dry.
No one seems to be asking about how to paint.
Just paint it up good.
I use two coats. I also had some details that were hard to get a brush into without creating runs…so I used a foam brush in those areas.
So, paint…then dry.
Now…..getting to the good stuff!
Distress your piece with sanding.
This is the easiest part.
Take that handy dandy neighbors wrinkled, stubby hand that you like to use in your photos….and sand away…..
I love to distress….did I tell you that?
Go along the edges where you see boots taking hunks out of a piece.
Scuff up any carvings…etchings….or details….scuff ’em up good.
Like a good back scratch, I tell ya’.
Then…..take that damp rag…..and wipe clean.
This is a quick step.
You will see soon little ones….. that this is one of the easiest.
That’s why I like it.
Painting takes a bit…and the next step takes a bit….but sand/distressing…..quick.
Make sure dry from your damp rag clean up and then you are ready for the next step.
Take a sponge brush and apply stain over paint in sections.
I used this picture from my coffee table re-do……because starting out…..use smaller sections than in this picture…especially on detailed sections.
Especially if hot outside and drying quickly.
Apply stain and take your t-shirt or soft rags and wipe off……..
This was sort of a panicky step for me starting out.
It all of a sudden started looking weird.
The distressed parts were too dark and I started freaking out.
Don’t freak out.
There’s a neat fix…that worked for me anyways.
So……apply your stain.
I do the next step on my painted stained pieces before my stain is dry…..it gives me the “look” I am trying to obtain.
There is probably a better, easier route….but until I learn it….here goes my next step.
STEP 3….APPLYING PASTE/WAX
I LIKE THIS STUFF!
I learned about it through a MMS tutorial and it really gives your furniture a “hardiness” and “finished showroom look”……
It also helped me in obtaining a softer distressed look without the stain being too dark.
This is what I mean.
Remember the three chairs?
The middle chairs has just your stain…wiped on and wiped off.
You may want that look…remember, I’m cool with that ; )
So…….I was rushing my first project and NOT waiting for the stain to dry first before putting on paste and this happened.
Â See how the left is darker than the right?
It doesn’t take the piece back to your original stage…..remember the three chairs?
When I applied the paste….incorrectly on my first project….on my “just stained” piece and rubbed it on with a soft rag….
It gave me the look on the right……
Just a softer, distressed look that I liked.
So…..I rub it in this stage like a conditioner….and don’t leave it on to dry…..
It is ONE stage….
Take your t-shirt….get a little hunk of paste and rub it on your stained piece….
Rub it in circles….just in sections…..you will get your own way of application…and you will see how it transforms the piece.
It also adds that “showroom” finish and “hardiness” I was talking about.
I use this paste in two different ways.
The way I just showed you….
On the top of my coffee table and dining room table….as a final step….
I apply like car wax…..
Let it dry….to a clear paste and buff it off.
I want water to bead on my piece, so I don’t have to worry about cup marks etc.
So, I use it to remove excess stain and as a final seal on top of piece.
Those steps…take you from the painted chair on the right….to the table on the left.
It brings out the details in the wood.
Don’t ya’ think?
Are you guys confused?
Can you follow the instructions?
Need more details?
Let me know.
Your wish is my command ; )