How to Paint Distressed Wood Furniture

Use this distressed furniture technique to age wood furniture with paint. Distressed wood furniture is perfect for rooms decorated with flea market finds and antique treasures, but the best thing about this technique is you don’t have to buy old to get a charming patina. Learn how to distress furniture in almost no time with this easy guide:


What You’ll Need

— Wood coffee table (or other piece of wood furniture)

— Sandpaper

— Paintbrush

— Paint in two colors (we used two shades of blue)

— Small container for mixing paint

— Foam brush

— Paper towels

Step 1

Lightly sand the wood table to create an uneven surface. This will cause the wood to absorb more paint in some areas.

Step 2

On the underside of the table, experiment with different shades of paint and thicknesses of paint application to determine the distressed look you like best.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

For distressed furniture with an even more antiqued look, very lightly sand the edges and corners of the table with fine-grit sandpaper.