Decorative Techniques

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Distressing

To create an aged look, use this technique for furniture, cabinets, vanities and more.

What to use:

  • Sandpaper
  • Clear lacquer
  • Paint for base color
  • Paint brush and roller

How to do it:

Step 1:
Choose two colors that complement your existing color scheme. Apply the base color and let dry (1 - 2 hours for latex paint and 2 - 3 hours for alkyd paints - alkyd paints may still be tacky).

Step 2:
Using 100 grit sandpaper, lightly sand off patches of paint, letting the surface below show through. Clean surface and let dry for 24 hours.

Step 3:
Repeat the above process using the second color. Let dry for 24 hours. For extra protection of the distressed look, apply a coat of clear lacquer. Be sure to use a latex or water-based lacquer if you have used latex paints on your project; alkyd lacquer if you worked with alkyds paints.

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