Distressing with Water

It’s been a while since I’ve done a furniture painting how-to, so I thought I’d share my new favorite way to distress a painted piece.

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If you are using chalk paint, like CeCe Caldwell‘s or Annie Sloan‘s, before waxing, you can use water to distress.

I especially like doing this when the original piece has a darker finish that I want to show, instead of bare wood.  Sometimes, when using a sanding block, the darker finish gets removed down to the bare wood.  I usually would rather see the stained finish.

So, here’s how to distress using water.

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After I lightly sand the entire piece with a fine sanding block to smooth out the brush strokes.  This is how it looks after a light sanding.

This nightstand has some great details that I want to highlight, and some light distressing will do just this.

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Instead of sanding down to the wood finish below, I just take a damp rag and wipe off the paint where I want the original finish to show through.

I go along the edges of the piece and along any detail that I want to highlight on the piece.  You can see in the picture above where the paint is a bit wet again where it’s darker from the damp cloth.

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With this technique, its easy to control how much I remove and it’s easy to get into curved areas like on this drawer.

When finished taking off all I want, I lightly wipe the piece down with the barely damp cloth to remove any dust from sanding.

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Then, just wax or varnish as usual.

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That’s it.  So easy, and so much less dust to clean up.

The next time you are painting a piece you want to distress, try this method and let me know how it goes.  I love seeing your projects.  Just post a picture or link on my Facebook page.

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By the way, here’s this nightstand before…

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and after.  It’s available at The Mercantile in my booth.

Have a great Tuesday!

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