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how does one distress furniture?

by rusticderek
posted 01-19-2014 04:36 PM

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#1 posted 01-19-2014 04:38 PM

Chains. Wire brushing.

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#2 posted 01-19-2014 04:44 PM

Couple of hours at a daycare ought to do the trick:)

-- Rick

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#3 posted 01-19-2014 04:45 PM

I watched some guys at an El Paso Import Company use chains and wire brushes. When they saw me watching, they closed the door !

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#4 posted 01-19-2014 04:56 PM

Yeah, there’s technique to it. You can do some cool stuff
with milk paint too. You can get “crackle” sizing for it that
makes it craze, revealing the layer underneath.

I just learned about making stain by dissolving roof tar
in mineral spirits. You can make glazes and things like
that from it to rub into recessed areas.

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#5 posted 01-19-2014 05:14 PM

I personally prefer distressing if it looks like it was from everyday use. I see alot of places sell distressed furniture but it looks like it was hit with screws and nails and an angle grinder but with no rhyme or reason to why they distressed it.

You need to think about how the item you are distressing was used or will be used to understand how and where to distress it.

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#6 posted 01-19-2014 07:25 PM

any search engine would refer you to some techniques.

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#7 posted 01-19-2014 07:25 PM

You could chuck it off the roof of your house.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#8 posted 01-19-2014 07:30 PM

Tell it a sad sad story of how the LJ site is changing and it will be very distressed.

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#9 posted 01-19-2014 07:37 PM

Apparently by putting Minwax Polyshades on it!

-- Quote from ebay tool listing: " Has nicks and dings wear and tear dust and dirt rust and pitting but in good working condition"

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#10 posted 01-19-2014 07:39 PM

Go to and search on ‘painted furniture.’ There, you will find hundreds of references to review on how to distress furniture. It’s a whole new world!!!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#11 posted 01-19-2014 08:25 PM

Tie to to your pick-up truck and tow it through the parking lot. Use a Ford ranger for the fine work and a 4X4 F-150 for the rough work

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#12 posted 01-19-2014 08:35 PM

Distressed is supposed to describe used so rubbing all the finish of the corners is not going to accomplish that. Just rub off the parts that might get used, the middle of a rail, etc. on’t take off too much, just enough that a foot might over a long use. Subtle is best, bang the corners a bit but they won’t be bald, just dented. It’s a game of what if.

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#13 posted 01-19-2014 09:09 PM

Friends don’t let friends distress furniture…

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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#14 posted 01-19-2014 09:29 PM

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#15 posted 01-19-2014 10:22 PM

Just about any tool will work, really depends on the look your going for. I would just take some scrap and start beating on it. Use different tools till you get the look your going for.

I believe there’s a difference between antiquing and distressing, I would say antiquing is making it look used/old and distressing is making it look abused.

Something like that would really just need some sanding edges down to look used, layers of paint sanded to look used.

Really just Google it, there is Gigabytes of info on this, I don’t like the look at all but that’s JMO.

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#16 posted 01-19-2014 10:50 PM

I’ve never done it, but I have seen where they paint with one color then put a contrasting color over top then distress it so that the underneath color shows through in places.

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#17 posted 01-20-2014 04:45 AM

Tell it you’re leaving it for a younger piece…

(Sorry, couldn’t help myself…)


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#18 posted 01-20-2014 05:07 AM

It’s surprising what you can do with paint alone. My wife is a professional scenic painter, and watching it first hand, it’s hard to believe some of the detail you can get with paint.

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