Painting Distressed Furniture With Gloss
Distressed furniture is one of the most popular ways to give your home a makeover. And distressed furniture with a gloss paint make it look old is almost an art form in itself. There are a few techniques you can use to help you achieve this look. Here are some of them. Take a mental note of the areas on the chair that gets the most wear and tear. If your piece of furniture is a rocking chair for instance, you could focus on the seat, arm rests and the rockers. If it is a coffee table, you could focus on the top and corners. If it is an old dresser, you could focus on the top and around the handles on the drawers. Sand the gloss off the surface paint with light grit sandpaper or steel wool. Over time, the lustre of a high-gloss finish wears off. Sand the entire surface of the furniture to remove the shine. Run coarse sandpaper along the edges of the wood to break away paint chips form the corners. You can even lightly scratch the corners with a wood rasp or file.
Add a few dents and dings with a ball-peen hammer or mallet. You can remove a lot of paint and create a lot of dings or go light on these cosmetic changes. Add scratches to the feet or runners with a wire brush. Apply a small amount of dark paint or dark stain to the exposed wood surface with a rag. Let the paint of stain sit on the wood surface of distressed furniture for a few minutes and then wipe it off. This will darken the exposed wood as would happen over time when exposed to oils from the human body touching it.