There are lots of fun techniques you can use to make furniture look old. This was how this chair was after it was freshly made-over and before any distressing. I wanted to share with you how to distress furniture with masking tape; it’s so easy!
While it was very nice, it was kinda blah. So I used one of those secret tricks that any one could do.
After using a candle on the edges of the chair before painting, I decided it needed more…a real beat up look…And it is so simple to do with such a simple ordinary thing…
After your piece is painted, let it dry for a few hours and put masking tape over the area you would like to “distress.” For a more complete reveal , press really hard, for a light lifting, just touch the tape o the paint gently and remove right away. You can even burnish it with a popsicle stick or the back of a spoon for a deep “grab.” If you would like a color to show underneath, paint that color a few days before and let it cure. Also, it never hurts to apply a small bit of varnish to make sure the undercoating isn’t going to lift.
…and let ‘er rip!
For the striping, I barely pressed down on the tape.
and pulled it up. The masking tape creates this amazing distressed look in all of the right places.
It’s so easy and looks old in a good way! For more furniture painting, see this post.
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