How to Paint and Distress Wood Furniture for Perfect Patina
Distressed wood furniture is perfect for rooms decorated with flea market finds and antique treasures. Learn how to distress furniture in almost no time using this easy guide.
Before getting started, choose the piece of furniture you're going to give a distressed paint finish. Scour flea markets or secondhand shops for a piece that's solid wood with a stained finish. Don't worry if it has scratches or watermarks; the painted finish will hide those flaws. Look for a wood furniture piece with lines you love and that will look good in your space.
You'll also need to select two colors of furniture paint to complete your distressed finish. You can choose two shades of the same color as we did or choose complementary or contrasting colors for a bolder look. We chose latex paint for its ease of use; however, oil-based paints are known for their durability and oftentimes the go-to option for wood trim and cabinetry. Once you have your wood furniture and paint colors, it's time to get started! Follow our step-by-step instructions for painting and distressing wood furniture for an aged-over-time look.