Give a piece of wood furniture an aged look with this easy DIY distressed painting technique.
-- Wood coffee table (or other piece of wood furniture)
-- Paint in two colors (we used two shades of blue)
-- Small container for mixing paint
-- Foam brush
-- Paper towels
Lightly sand the table to create an uneven surface that will absorb more paint in some areas.
On the underside of the table, experiment with different shades of paint and thicknesses of paint application to determine the look you like best.
Using the darker shade of paint, apply the first coat of paint to the table. Spread the paint thin enough to allow cracks to show through. Allow paint to dry for 24 hours.
Place a small amount of the lighter shade of paint in a container. Mix in water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until paint is thin like a wash, but doesn't bubble when you apply it to the table.
Apply the wash to the table using a foam brush. While it is still wet, wipe some areas of the surface with paper towels to achieve an antiqued look. Allow the paint to dry for 24 hours.
For an even more antiqued look, very lightly sand the edges and corners of the table with fine-grit sandpaper.
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Here's how to paint furniture to give an old piece new life. You'll need the piece you want to paint, such as this wood table, a drop cloth, safety mask, fine grit sandpaper, tack cloth, a small paint brush, a medium paint brush, paint stick, primer and interior latex paint. Lightly sand the entire surface, and wipe it down with a tack cloth. Wear a safety mask when sanding. Be sure your primer and paint are well-mixed and your work area is well-ventilated. Turn the table upside down and use the medium brush to cover larger areas such as the underside. With the small brush, apply a primer to tight spaces such as legs and joints. Stand the table upright and prime the top of the table. Allow primer to dry according to label directions. Now you're ready to add color. Apply interior latex paint following the same steps as the primer. We recommend two coats of paint. Follow label directions for drying time between coats. Allow the final coat to dry at least a day before using the table. Painting furniture is a great way to refresh a thrift store find.