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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Distressing Painted Furniture

I am so far behind on my list of projects as our March Break continues for one more week.  I have made some small headway on the Kent Coffey dresser over the last couple of weeks.  I was planning to wait until it was complete to reveal it but you're getting a sneak peak.


After much consideration as to what should be done I figured I'd try my hand at something new. Distressing is new (to me).  I should try that I thought.  It must be easy.  You just scratch it up and it'll look old and distressed.  Easy peasy.  WRONG!

Distressing is actually quite time consuming and the attention to detail required is staggering.  I started off a bit heavy handed and ended up with these not-so-authentic looking gouges in the paint job.  Ahhhhh.  Visions of repainting the entire piece were dancing through my head.

So a few touch ups later I was back at it.  I realize there are virtually no rules when distressing but I also realize that what I like is a very softly distressed look.  A little wear around drawers and top of dresser is just fine.


The top of the dresser remains a bit of a conundrum.  I have made a few distress marks across the top but I'm not sure I like them.  I will have to wait a day or two and see.  This is one of the better marks.  But the question is, would it look weird to have none on the top?  I think it would but I could be wrong.  

I know all my blogger buddies are experts at this distressing thing but my heart rate is only now approaching normal days later.  The next step is staining it.  I have a black stain and I'm a little freaked out by that process as well.  Wish me luck!


25 comments:

  1. I LOVE that dresser!! Good luck with the staining. I am sure it will turn out great!

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  2. I think you are doing a beautiful job, Carol! It's purely personal preference how distressed you make it... I really like that color you've chosen.

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  3. All the best with your distressing project. The mark on the top is the tops, lol! I agree, it would need to be distressed on the top as well, some light sanding maybe? I am an expert at distressing, I distress my husband, my kids and my MIL at the best of times and I'm not even kidding!

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  4. I love the shape of the dresser and the detail on the drawers. It looks so go in white!

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  5. Loving it Carol!!! Where is the stain going? Can not wait to see it all finished!!! When I did my dresser I was heavy handed on the fronts and side but did not add any sanding to the top..hope that helps....FYI, you are doing a great job, I can already see it!!

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  6. I do a lot of furniture refinishing, including distressing and I think the actual TOP of the piece should be pretty free of marks, but the side of the top (where it attaches to the sides....get it?) should be distressed, as you've done it. Go over it with wax once you're done to keep it in the shape you get it in.
    Looks like a beautiful piece!

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  7. I tend to keep my flat surfaces marred free but I do raise hell on the corners and edges. You are one step ahead of me with the staining. I've always wimped out and did a paste wax.
    Good luck!

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  8. This dresser is looking very familiar :) Mine is about to go turquoise! The sanding is tedious!
    I did it once with a power sander and the distressing came out too harsh looking. As for the top, I usually leave mine painted nicely. I figure in no time, I'll be making marks all over it.
    Can't wait to see this baby all done up!
    All the BEST
    Kelle
    xx

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  9. Hey it looks great. I always wait a few days before "distressing" to let the paint cure so it won't chip off. The top just lightly scuff. What are you doing with black stain? Are you going to sell it or keep it?

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  10. I thought it was suppose to be a "de-stress-ing" but you sound totally stressed! hahaha. It looks great and am intrigued by the black stain that's about to go on. Can't wait to see :)

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  11. this looks awesome already. I've thought about distressing some pieces, but after the first few steps of the tutorial I got confused and knew I was totally not cut out for it.

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  12. Looks great! I love how you talk about your mistakes AND successes. Thanks so much for stopping by Emily's blog and leaving a message there and on my blog today! So sweet. It means a lot!

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  13. I love this - it's stunning :) I also usually distress edges and sides, and leave the top free. Can't wait to see how it turns out.
    A xx
    Http://anyaadores.blogspot.com

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  14. Deep breaths.....you can always paint over. Start on an area that would be easy to repaint!

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  15. I've never distressed a piece so I have nothing to offer. (I did like it pre-stress though.) It sounds like you are getting more stress than the dresser.

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  16. I think it's looking great! I think some light sanding on the top just so it doesn't look too pristine would look good. Can't wait to see it done!

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  17. Carol,
    I love what you have done so far!
    What ever you choose to do will be amazing!!
    Cheers!
    Shelly xo

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  18. Who would've thought that distressing furniture involves attention to detail! Love what you've done so far, and i'm happy you decided to try this, since i've never done it before... Can't wait to see it unfold more. Xx

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  19. I love a beautifully distressed piece of furniture! I was also taught a great trick that works wonders for distressing a piece of furniture, although the technique should be used before painting. Rub a bit of candle wax on the edges you would like to have exposed, paint, then rub down with a towel. The wax will prevent the paint from sticking to the surface, therefore creating those little areas of wood or color that peak through.

    Looking great!! :)

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  20. I always enjoy the posts! Looking forward to many more (:The things given are unanimous and needs to be appreciated by everyone.
    Wedding Dresses

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  21. I love love the lines of this piece! I'm looking for an equally pretty credenza for the new office... can't wait to see the reveal.

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  22. Hi Carol,

    I'm so curious to see how this turns out. I have been pondering "beating up" our glossy white dresser in the family room. . . Glad you're going first :)

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  23. Well for doing this you must also sand the thing and them use some varnish and them use the paint, so is a really hard work.

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  24. Distressing this drawer is a good idea instead of settling down to its painted look. That drawer sure looks huge.

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