DIY: Distressed Furniture


Chester Drawers in Sky Blue with a Bare Wood Base

You might have noticed over the past couple years, the distressed or antiqued wood look has become very popular. This look might seem tough to achieve, but all you need is 3-4 items and a little time on your hands!

Items Needed:

  • Sandpaper or Sander
  • Tack Cloth
  • Paint – Top Coat and Base Coat


  1. Lightly sand the piece you want to distress. After sanding, wipe the piece with a tack cloth.
  2. Paint the entire piece in the base color of your choice or skip this step if you are going for the bare wood look.
  3. Paint over the base color or bare wood with your top color.
  4. After the paint dries, use sandpaper or a sander to gently sand the areas where to want to achieve the distressed look.

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