HERE ARE 7 EASY TIPS TO DISTRESS PAINTED WOOD WITH SANDPAPER FOR A GORGEOUS AND NATURAL-LOOKING VINTAGE FINISH!
Are you looking for an easy way to create a naturally worn distressed finish? It’s REALLY easy to do and lends itself to a gorgeous vintage look. I can’t tell you how much fun this Pumpkin Spice Mini China Cabinet was to work on. I enjoyed every minute and I hope these 7 Tips on How To Distress Painted Furniture with Sandpaper will help you achieve a similar look!
Here’s the vintage cabinet I started with…
And here’s the cabinet now. I love the dark contrast against this gorgeous Pumpkin Spice Fall Paint Color.
And the distressing is the icing on the cake that ties everything together! What do you think?!
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This cabinet was an add-on when I bought this greased-up table. While my sister and I were loading up the car, the gentleman asked if we were interested in any other pieces. He had this cute vintage cabinet he was about to list on FBM. I’m so glad he offered because I ended up with two gorgeous pieces of vintage furniture and it saved him from listing. Win-win!
Here’s how this distressed Fall Cabinet all came together…
I used Pumpkin Spice from Dixie Belle’s Suzanne’s Fall Color Collection. This was a special edition paint that is no longer available BUUUT you can create the exact same color. Mix equal parts Pine Cone + Terra Cotta + Colonel Mustard = Pumpkin Spice
This Chalk Mineral Paint brushed on beautifully and took two coats to get the coverage I wanted.
HOW TO DISTRESS PAINTED FURNITURE W SANDPAPER
I haven’t painted a distressed piece in a while so this was a lot of fun! Using this 220 sanding sponge, I lightly sanded to the first coat of paint to remove some paint and expose the stained wood in areas it would naturally wear over time. Like the hinge area, corners, and around the doors and knob.
Once the first coat of paint was distressed with this 220 sanding sponge, I applied the second coat of Pumpkin Spice. I used my water mister to thin out the paint around the distressed areas and applied it heavier in non-distressed areas.
7 TIPS FOR DISTRESSING WITH SANDPAPER
- Sand and distress between EACH coat of paint
- Start with a higher grit and work your way to a lower grit
- Use higher grit sandpaper (220) for a softer distress
- Use lower grit sandpaper (120-180) for a stronger distress
- Apply additional coats of paint ‘lighter’ in areas you want the worn distressed look
- Sand with a light hand so as to not remove the original finish of the wood furniture
- Use a water mister to help thin out the paint where distressed
PAINT SECOND COAT
After the second coat was applied and I repeated the distress sanding once again.
To seal and protect, I used this Clear Wax. It buffed beautifully to create a lovely satin sheen.
This was a simple makeover but I love how it all came together. The Pumpkin Spice with the original wood legs and distressed finish — such a gorgeous Fall finish!
Here’s another look at this before and after. I hope it’s inspired you and given you some new ideas for your distressed painted projects.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS DISTRESSED PAINTED WOOD FINISH. FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
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