Many people enjoy the distressed look in their decor. If you like a more polished look you may want to consider creating one element of the room in a distressed look to add interest and texture to your home.
The Shabby Chic look can be incorporated into many different decors without the whole room having an aged appearance. You can even distress the arms of an upholstered chair while leaving the rest of the chair intact. How much or how little you use the techniques is really a personal preference.
There are many ways to distress or age furniture. Over time you will find what works best for the look you want to achieve. Two options are listed below. Both of the options listed are for wood furniture. Make sure your furniture is not a laminate before trying these methods.
For this method, you don’t need a lot of equipment. For the wax, you can even use crayons or leftover candles.
When distressing furniture, the idea is to make it look worn and beaten up. You will need to begin by sanding any glossy finish. Gloss makes furniture look too polished to look aged. You can use the paint technique over the distressing or leave the piece simply distressed.
This is a great way to get out your frustrations. Take a hammer, screwdriver, heavy chain or any other object you would not want around your furniture for fear of damage. Now go at it. The more you damage the furniture, the more aged and worn it will look. Think in terms of years of kids wear and tear. Beat the wood to create dents and dings in all the wrong places.
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