If you have recently acquired an old table or if you have one hanging around your home, and you would like to repurpose it to give it a new look, adding paint to the surface to make the table appear distressed is a new trend in furniture rehabilitation that looks pleasing. Here are some steps you can follow to give your old piece of wood furniture a rustic, distressed look, making it become a focal point in the room you place it in.
Materials You Will Need:
- Drop cloth
- Medium and coarse-grit sandpaper
- Vacuum cleaner with attachment
- Microfiber cloth
- Satin latex paint in two colors
- Medium-grade steel wool
Removing The Finish
Place your table on top of a drop cloth to help contain sawdust and paint as you work. If your wood table had a previous finish, it will need to be removed before you do your painting. Sand down all surfaces of your table to remove varnish, stain, or paint. Start with a coarse-grit sandpaper to remove the finish then switch to a medium-grit sandpaper to smooth down the wood. Use a vacuum with an attachment to remove all sawdust from the table's surface. Wipe down the table using a damp piece of microfiber cloth and allow the wood to dry before starting to paint.
Painting The Table
After you have sanded and cleaned off your wood table, the base coat of paint can be applied. This will be the less prominent color of your distressed look. Paint the entire table in the color you have selected and allow to dry. There is no need to paint a second coat if you want your table to truly appear distressed, as a few spots of wood grain showing through in the piece will help give it some character.
After the base coat has dried, rub a candle over areas of the table where you would like the base-coat to show through. Rub the wax along areas where people would have grasped the table to pick it up, or along corners where wear would be prevalent after time. Paint the entire table with the color you had selected for your top coat, over the spots you had applied candle wax.
Adding The Distress
After the top-coat of paint has dried, use a piece of medium-grade steel wool to rub against areas where you had applied candle wax. This will peel away the top coating of paint, leaving the base coat showing in these areas. If the steel wool pulls off some of the base coat, that will just make your table seem more distressed. Rub gently if you do not want bare wood showing. When you are happy with the look of your table, paint on a coating of polyurethane to give it a protective coating.
For professional assistance, contact a company such as Annie Sloan Painted Furniture.