I’m obsessed with painting furniture with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Today I’m going to talk about how to distress furniture. Pinterest has so many ideas for repurposing furniture. Distressing furniture is appealing to beginners because it already has an imperfect element. So, if you make mistakes it works! To distress furniture all you’ll need is; paint, a brush, and a little bit of inspiration. Distressed furniture is really hot right now and people pay big bucks for the unique look. This is awesome for Painting Paige because achieving the distressed look is easier than it sounds…. AND it’s inexpensive. If you are like me and you enjoy finding cheap furniture at thrift shops distressing is the way to go. Trust me, once you learn how to distress furniture you’ll never go back. You’ll find that it is possible to save something that most people would throw away and make it uniquely yours in no time!
Here’s what the chair looked like before it was painted and distressed with chalk paint. Believe it or not, I got it for free. This chair was just sitting curbside waiting for someone to see some potential.
Do you have any ugly chairs that need some help?
Here’s what you’ll need:
-Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White
-Annie Sloan Clear Wax
-Annie Sloan Dark Wax
-#0000 Steel wool
1. Pick it: I love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and my go-to color is Old White. It’s classic! I especially like it for distressing furniture. The dark wood is the perfect base for white chalk paint to go over. This is ideal because when you take your sandpaper to it, the dark color will come through for a great distressed finish.
2. Clean it: Make sure your chair is wiped down and clean of any dust or dirt.
3. Pour it: Pour some of the Old White paint onto a paper plate. Apply a generous coat of your paint for your first coat. Old White is a Painting Paige favorite :).
4. Paint it: Don’t be afraid to paint on a generous coat.
5. Turn it: Place your chair upside down to make sure you get all of the nooks and crannies.
6. Dry it: If you want to speed up the drying process, you can use a hair dryer or a fan.
7. Coat it: I recommend doing a second coat. Nothing is worse than finishing your project and seeing spots that didn’t cover well 🙁
For the second coat, I mix some water into the chalk-paint. I do about 1/4 parts water to paint.
Make sure your chair completely dries before moving on to waxing.
8. Wax it: When I’m distressing furniture, I use both waxes to achieve the distressed look. If you want a modern, smooth finish. You’ll only need to use clear wax.
9. Mix it: I mixed clear and dark wax together for these chairs. In my opinion, adding clear wax to the dark wax allows a smoother application and makes your dark wax last longer.
Mix about half parts clear wax with half parts dark wax on a new paper plate with your wax brush.
10. Apply it: Begin applying the wax to the chair with your wax brush.
11. Work it: You will want to work the wax into the chair a little bit. If your chair has detailing, make sure you get wax into the crevices to make it stand out 🙂
12. Wipe it: Just like waxing your car, take a lint-free rag to wipe off the excess wax after you’ve applied it.
13. Sand it: This is where the true distressing comes in. To sand your furniture, you can either sand your piece before or after you wax. It honestly doesn’t matter. I like to run sand paper across the parts that are highest, the edges, and the corners. Think of the spots on the furniture that would get the most wear and focus on distressing those areas.
14. Cure it: Let your wax cure for awhile. About 2-4 hours is what I usually do.
15. Buff it: Then, you’ll want to buff the wax. You can use a lint-free rag to shine it up by rubbing continuously over the entire surface. I also like to use a very fine piece of steel wool to add extra shine.
16. Cover it: Find some fun fabric to cover the seat of your chair with. Since I painted these chairs white, I thought it would be extra fun to pick an exciting fabric.
17. Staple it: Pull the fabric nice and tight over the top of the seat and flip it over. Trim any excess fabric and staple down the fabric to the seat around its boarder.
There you have it! A simple and fun way to distress furniture. Chairs are great for beginners learning how to distress furniture or if you don’t want to take on a huge project. These chairs I distressed were perfect for my craft table and vanity. I used the purple chair at my craft table and the red one at my vanity.
Considering I found both of these chairs by the road, I am pretty happy with how they turned out.
Just adorable 🙂 Click here for more wonderful Painting Paige BEFORE/AFTERS.
Go transform your chairs into something you’ll love (you’ll thank me later).