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How do I make wood look distressed?

softwood & hardwood boards

  1. Step 1: Choose the Wood
  2. Step 2: Rough Up the Wood
  3. Step 3: Stab and Scour the Wood
  4. Step 4: Scrub the Surface with a Wire Brush “
  5. Step 5: Sand Down the Sharp Edges “
  6. Step 6: Create a Vinegar Treatment “
  7. Step 7: Apply the Treatment to the Wood
  8. Step 8: Apply a Coat of Light Paint “

Do I distress or wax first?

When you distress your furniture after you apply your initial coat of wax, you don’t want to wait a day or two to do so. You will have an easier time of it if you distress immediately after you paint and wax… before the paint has had a chance to thoroughly dry and begin its curing process.

How do you distress furniture with vinegar and chalk paint?

Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and a smaller portion of water. After you have painted and allowed the furniture to dry, spray on the vinegar solution. Use a rag (or something a bit more abrasive) to rub the furniture and to remove some of the paint.

Can you add vinegar to paint?

To help paint stick to metal surfaces, dampen a sponge with vinegar and rub it over the surface to be painted.

How do you paint white distressed wood?

These are the steps with a simple explanation as to how to distress wood painted furniture:

  1. lightly spray your flexible sandpaper with water.
  2. wrap your sandpaper around a sand block.
  3. dab dry to make sure your sandpaper is damp but not soaked.
  4. apply light pressure to sand away paint along edges.