If you ponder ideas for redecorating your residential home, add a distressed solid wood table. The distressed paint technique makes a wooden table look aged, and it adds interest. It's a great way to repurpose an older table, or you can scour flea markets and second hand stores.
However, distressing only works on solid wood as laminate wouldn't give the same results. Distressing wood furniture is something a beginning DIY person should be able to do. Here are some tips to distress a solid wood table.
Prepare to Work
For this project, you need:
- work gloves
- dust mask
- plastic or tarp
- damp sponge
- tack cloth
- steel wool pad
- metal objects like nails, ice-pick or heavy chain
- 100-grit sand paper
- stain remover
- paint scraper
- paint brush
Work in a ventilated area. Open door and windows or set up an exhaust fan. Spread tarp or plastic over the floor to protect it from stain drips and sand dust.
Strip the Old Stain
Use a paint brush to apply stain remover to the surface. Let the stain remover sit for about fifteen minutes so it has time to dissolve old stain.
Scrape the old paint or stain with the scraper. Remove stain in areas the scraper can't reach with a damp sponge. You may prefer to leave spots of stain to enhance the affect.
Inspect the table for rough surfaces that may remain, and remove them with steel wool. If the wood is unfinished, sand it to smooth the surface so the stain can adhere better. Wipe sand dust with a tack cloth.
Distress the Table
Imitate marks and dings on the table that would naturally occur with age. Apply one technique or mix and match.
Hammer nail holes in the legs. Add the "worm hole" look by stabbing the surface several times with an ice pick. Attach keys on a string, and strike the table several times.
Slap a chain on the surface. Sand any bumpy areas. Don't overdo dents or dings in one area, and don't make obvious patterns.
Apply the Stain
Use a clean rag or paint brush to apply stain in one small area at a time. Try to get stain in the edges where raw wood shows.
Use a clean rag to remove excess stain. Enhance the rugged look by wiping more stain in corners where tables naturally age. then let the stain dry.
Distressing a solid wood table will give you a conversation piece when it is placed among new furniture. If you think it's time for a complete furniture redo and you need ideas, contact an interior designer.