Distressed painted furniture has so many different looks to it. You can get the aged antique look, or the romantic shabby chic look with the right distressed paint technique. The concept comes from how distressed wood furniture would age over time naturally. But as furniture painters, we sometimes love to recreate that look ourselves rather than wait for nature to run its course.
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How to Distress Wood Furniture
Before adding distressed painted furniture inspiration lets start with how to distress wood. If you are new to painting furniture then you will want to start with the first tutorial and work your way down the line. Did you know that to get that distressed furniture look there are a few different methods that you can use:
- distress with sandpaper
- distress with vaseline
- wet distress with a wet/damp rag
Distressed Furniture Tutorials
Only a few of the following tutorials are specifically for how to distress furniture. Many of them are designed to teach other furniture painting techniques, but all of them have some sort of distressing in one way or another. Under each box is a small description to let you know what to expect within each project. Each distressed furniture tutorial can be seen in full by clicking the box, you will then be redirected to the new post. Enjoy!
How to Distress Painted Wood for a Fabulous Farmhouse Finish
If you are new to painting furniture then you will want to check out this first tutorial, with video, on how to distress painted wood furniture. I walk you through a full step by step distressing of antique white paint on a kitchen cart makeover.
Decoupage Furniture Tutorial: How to Add Floral Paper to Painted Furniture
Nothing says shabby chic like floral decoupage combined with distressed antique white paint.
How to Apply Wood Stain for an Amazing Table Refinish
Distressed white furniture with a rich brown stain will give you the best farmhouse style, as shown on these simple painted and stained tables.
How to Get Farmhouse Style Black Distressed Furniture
If black distressed furniture is what you prefer then you will love this simple black distressed wood table project.
Layering Paint: How to Create a Beautiful Coastal Look
You can even create a coastal finish with this furniture painting technique. By layering paint and then distressing you expose beautiful distressed layers.
How to Refinish a Rustic Wood Coffee Table with Beautiful Results
This project shows you how to make wood look rustic with a combination of subtle distressed wood stain as well as distressd paint.
How to Paint Layers the Easy Way on a Tall Lingerie Chest
Another example of subtle distressing is shown on this tall distressed wood dresser. The sublte distressing, painted layers and touch of gilding wax create a romantic feel to this painted piece.
How to Distress Painted Furniture for a Beautiful Worn Look
Here is a distressed white dresser makeover where the subtle distressing creates an aged and antiqued finish.
How to Get a Farmhouse Painted Bench from Boring Oak
Distressed white furniture tends to be the most popular. This farmhouse style painted bench is no exception.
How to Get Farmhouse White Painted Furniture
Yet, another white painted dresser is this gorgeous distressed white painted dresser with a rich brown stain top.
How to Give Your Lane Cedar Chest a Fabulous Farmhouse Finish
Here is a Lane cedar chest makeover with a farmhouse feel. The paint is distressed as well as glazed while the distressed wood stain is also given a whitewash for a unique finish.
Distress Painted Furniture Using Vaseline | Apply Between Paint Layers
If you have ever been curious about how to distress wood with vaseline then you will love this makeover from Kathy at Petticoat Junktion.
This Wet Distress Painted Furniture Technique Is So Easy!
Wet distressing is another one of those easy furniture painting techniques that you will love. Check out this tutorial from Carrie at Thirty Eighth Street.
Painting Unfinished Wood Furniture
This cute little distressed table is simple yet chic from Christy at Confessions of a Serial DIYer
Distress Paint with Petroleum Jelly
You can also see how my friend Larissa at Prodigal Pieces uses petroleum jelly to distress her painted furniture project.
Ready to Get Started?
If you have a project in mind and are looking for the great paint colors then make sure to check out these furniture paint options online. I only share brands and products that I use and love. Get your paint and get started with a variety of great furniture paint options from Dixie Belle HERE.
Or check out all the great greens from Wise Owls Paint HERE.
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