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How I Distress

I always get excited when I find a piece of furniture with straight lines, they are my favorite to distress!!  I thought I would share some of my secrets with you!!
These chairs are pine, when I got them they were stained.
First I sanded them down until the clear top coat is off.  I then sprayed them with a latex paint (I have a professional paint sprayer I use, but if you don’t painting with a brush works too).  I did NOT prime, I wanted the paint to be loose in some spots for distressing. 
After they were all painted I got out my sander.  This is a great project if you ever need to get some anger out!  
On my sander I have 60 grit sand paper, mainly because it was already on.  You can use whatever you want.  Remember the lower the grit the rougher the sand paper.  I sand as if I am sanding it to prep it for paint, so EVERYWHERE.  
Areas where the paint is loose will just come right off, like the back of this chair. 
With latex paint I have found if you FORCE an area to distress a lot of times the paint will ball and become sticky.
When distressing I also consider where the most NATURAL damage would occur and sand there more, like the edges, or the seat of the chair etc.

Paint colors: Yellow: Saffron by Clark and Kensington
                     Blue: Moderne Blue by Pratt and Lambert

I hope this helps!
Happy Distressing

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  • ThompsonFamily

    Hey Brooke, I have a stained kitchen table like your round one and the chairs that go with them. How much would you charge to refinish them? I am at a loss of what colors to stain it, but I guess I will start by asking you what it would cost to do the job.

  • Beautiful work, love the blue!

  • Cuore Antico

    So beautiful blog.

  • I discover your blog today, thank you for this tutos ! Love them 😉

  • Jayne Evans

    They look great! I need to redo my chairs and I love the colors you choose!

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