Distressing Painted Furniture

 I will continue today taking you through the steps for my painted armoire, and do a little sideline about distressing furniture.  Here I am doing Wet Distressing.  Instead of sand paper I use a dampened Scotch Brite sponge.   Wet Distressing allows you more control over removing paint, and there is no dust from sanding!

You will need a container of water and Scotch Brite scrub sponges, I like the yellow version.  Buy the good brand, not imitations, because those less expensive brands fall apart quickly and can shed on your work.

 Taking a little side trip to show you Wet Distressing on a cabinet door I painted.  This door is base painted in Lake Norman Signature Blue Paint Couture!, which I let dry overnight, then painted with Spanish Sunrise.

 Let the blue base coat dry about 24 hours, otherwise it will remove too easily with the damp sponge.  You can let it dry longer if desired.

I painted the second coat with Spanish Sunrise.  You can see it is not perfect, and that is fine because I am going to distress it!

After The Spanish Sunrise has dried about 1 hour, use the damp yellow sponge side and begin dragging it across the surface.  Gentle pressure at first, until you get the feel for it and see the results you want.  Do you see the blue coming through?  This is an easy and fun technique!

 To remove more paint turn the sponge over and use the green scrub side!

Now back to my armoire drawers…  Distressing just around the edges.  I am not going for the heavily distressed shabby look here, but a time worn European look.

 Be careful not to dip the sponge in your coffee!

 I placed the drawer pulls back on just to check the look (just lay them down no need to screw them back in yet).

See how the paint looks worn away a bit behind the handles, this is where hands have gripped those pulls over the years.

 I am happy with the look and so is my little cutie, Bali Boo.

 Next I apply 1 coat of Lacquer Couture! Dead Flat.  This is a water based top coat and I sometimes use it as a “barrier coat” in between paint and glaze.  Why?  I want to use Black Chiffon Glaze Couture!, but I want it to appear lighter.  The coat of lacquer will prevent the glaze from grabbing the paint and will keep the glaze  color lighter.

 Apply the lacquer with a good quality soft brush.  I am using the Zibra Sash Brush.  Let the lacquer dry 4 hours.

Next apply Black Chiffon Glaze Couture! With a chip brush.  Put on a good medium thick layer.  You want the glaze to be wet.

 Use a lint free cotton rag to remove the glaze, you will need several.  I have found the best lint free rags sold from Porter Paints.  I wash them and use them over and over.  Scrunch up the rag and blot the glaze off.  This is called “ragging off”.  You can also use a cheesecloth to remove the glaze for this technique.  You will have a few minutes to remove the glaze.  Do not over work it, you will feel it start to dry and become sticky, then you know it is time to stop.

Allow the glaze to dry 24 hours.

This is an inspiration piece I found on Pinterest from http://laurelberninteriors.com.  It is a style called Gustavian Swedish Style.  If you like it follow my Board called Swedish Decor

Painted and glazed armoire drawers using Paint Couture! and Glaze Couture!
Painted and glazed armoire drawers using Paint Couture! and Glaze Couture!


Abundance Paint Couture! first coat being painted on armoire. No priming, no sanding!
Abundance Paint Couture! first coat being painted on armoire. No priming, no sanding!

More to come, thanks for visiting!  Happy Painting! – Micki

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