By now you guys know that I like for my painting projects to be easy – I mean like taking candy from a baby easy. The same goes for the way that I distress furniture. Now, there are a few ways to distress furniture; a sanding block, an electric sander, and the easiest way ever – the
Wet Distressing Technique
Let’s take a look at how to do this little furniture distressing technique that works perfectly with Velvet Finishes.
So, what is the Wet Distressing technique?
A very simple way to distress by simply using a damp, lint-free rag. Rub the painted surface, while still wet, with the cloth and the paint will begin to thin and remove. Make sure you work fairly quickly and do not allow the paint to dry too much. If it is dry in an area you want to distress, apply a small amount of paint to reactivate the paint. This, along with the dampness of your rag, should be all that is necessary. Wet distressing is perfect if you only want to reveal the finished color of the wood you have painted, rather than distressing with a sander which will reveal the raw wood as well. You cannot wet distress once the paint is cured.
Damp, lint-free rag
Apply the Velvet Finishes READY product to your furniture piece. All you do is spray the READY on and then wipe it off!
READY is a deglosser, a cleaner, and it gets the shine off of the furniture piece. You really need a good and clean, de-glossed surface to paint on. Learn more about READY, here.
Apply the Velvet Finishes Colour of your choice.
If you aren’t familiar with Velvet Finishes – it is our No Sand, No Wax, No Brushstrokes magical paint formula – created with the lazy girl painters in mind. We currently offer 21 highly-pigmented colours (with more on the way – yay!!) + many extras including gels, glazes, furniture prep cleaner, a protectant, and amazing furniture brushes. If you are a DIY newbie or an old pro, Velvet Finishes is the easiest furniture paint out there, I promise.
Velvet Finishes dries fairly quickly. After your first coat dries, start applying your next coat. Barely let this second coat dry. Now, with your water close by – grab your lint-free rag and go along and “grab” the paint. It will start to show the wood from underneath – so pretty! When you are distressing, think about natural wear and distress in those spots. This will not only make it look more natural, it won’t look like a leopard just came and clawed the dang thing all over in random spots. Y’all know what I am talking about. 😉
Work in small sections while you are wet distressing. You can save yourself so much time by doing so!
Click below to watch me in action and I will show you exactly how easy the wet distressing technique is:
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Have you ever tried the wet distressing technique with any of your furniture flips?
Comment below, I would love to hear your experience with it!