4 . Scraper technique
First paint the wood. After the paint dries a few minutes and before the paint dries completely, take a scraper or credit card, and scrape off some paints at random spots.
The beautiful green paint color is Decoart’s Outdoor Living Adirondack which you can get here.
If you are painting furniture, those spots that naturally get bumped onto, such as corners and edges, would be the best places to have the chippy paint effect.
The key is to scrape the paint when the paint has formed a “skin” but the surface is still a bit tacky to the touch.
The scraper works in a similar way as sandpaper. The difference is sand paper will also smooth out some wood grain if your piece has a wood texture. Sandpaper is used after the paint dries.
5 . Rinsing technique
This technique to distress wood creates an elegant aged farmhouse look. It works best on pieces of raw wood.
Both the Rinsing technique and Scraper technique (above) are removal techniques.
Start by painting the wood and letting the paint dry for a few minutes.
Before the paint dries completely, rinse the wood in water quickly while gently wiping the surface with a rag. The goal is to washed off some paint on the surface.
I really like this piece- it looks like aged barn wood, doesn’t it?
6 . Wood block technique
This is a one step method to distress wood or furniture using the help of a wooden block.
Dip the end of a wood block in paint and drag it along the surface. Paint as many color and layers as you want. That’s it! See it in action in video below-
Have you seen furniture and decor made from reclaimed boat wood? This is a great way to make your own “boat wood” that is so full of character!
7 . Pouring paint technique
This is a one step method great for any kinds of wood with lots of textures on the surface.
I described it in detail in the Ultimate Guide on How to Whitewash Wood
Now you have see all 7 distressing techniques, there are a few basic tips that you can apply to all the techniques:
- If the surface you are painting on has been finished with sealer, wax, or lacquer, it would be helpful to sand it a little so the new paint will adhere better.
- Don’t fear about messing up: you can always paint things over or sand spots to make it look better. And you can mix up these techniques!
- Practice on some scrap wood or on less visible spots, for example the interior face of a cabinet door, before working on a big piece. Or, jump right in! 🙂
Since we are talking about painting, you may also love some color inspirations here: 25 beautiful kitchen cabinet paint color palettes!
Happy painting! See you next week!