Painted Furniture: To distress or not to Distress??

Is the age old question. Well perhaps not the age old question, but the one I get asked the most about when talking painted furniture.

Now it’s completely down to you whether you want a distressed finish or not-some pieces suit it, some don’t. Lots of people love the look, just as many think it just looks as though no one could be bothered to paint properly! But I think there is a time and place for it and if it’s done well it looks ace.

So, if you like the look but are worried about how to achieve it here’s a super quick method to distress your painted furniture and you don’t even need sandpaper! Wowsa!

You will need:

  • Tin of Everlong Superior Finish Paint (we’ve used Marina – a lovely duck egg blue colour)
  • Pack of wet wipes
  • Soft cloth

Step 1: Paint your chosen piece. We’re using a 1970s magazine rack that was handmade by my someone my grandfather used to work with (in the 70s)! Needless to say it has been relegated to the shed for at least the last 20 years and it’s survived, so it definitely deserves a facelift!

We decided that Marina would suit this project, so brush in hand we popped the tin and we were off!

Here we used 2 thin coats but it’s up to you whether you slap it on or prefer a more even layering-neither way is wrong!

Step 2: Once you’re happy with the overall paint effect take one wetwipe and rub over the areas you want to distress. The best rule of thumb is just to go where there would be natural wear and tear or if there is an architrave or feature you’d like to highlight you can distress there too.

The great thing about using a wetwipe rather than sandpaper is that you have more control and you don’t have to panic about over sanding or sanding the wrong area. It also gives a less severe distress than sandpaper can-so overall a good option if you’re just starting out or are worried yore going to sand all your paint off!

Step 3: I always take a step back at this stage to look at the overall effect. It allows you to go back over certain areas or start in new areas that you had missed completely.

Step 4: Once you’re happy with the distressing you just need to buff the piece. The brilliant thing about Everlong Paint is that you don’t need any wax. Yes. You heard: zero wax required!!! Instead, a quick buff to activate the built in wax of the paint and you’re all done. Silky smooth and ready to go!

Easy peasy.

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If you’d like to get your hands on some magical Everlong Superior Finish Paint we are proud stockists of the full range at our online store and also offer mail order so you can buy from the comfort of your sofa!!

Thanks for popping by and stay tuned for more furniture painting hints and tips.

Verity x

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