Amazing friends, welcome back! Do you love a distressed finish, but don’t love the sanding part? Today, I’m sharing a super simple way to achieve a fantastic distressed finish by layering paint instead!
This is a piece that one of my best friends gave me back in the Fall:
I didn’t exactly know what to call it, but thanks to Ellen and Rebecca for letting me know it is called a low boy! I can totally see that now!
My friend dropped this off when she dropped off this cabinet to paint for her. It’s Ethan Allen and in great shape aside from a couple of small blemishes on the top.
After painting this frame that I shared in my Painting the Smalls post on Thursday:
I had a request to show more about how I did it, so I thought this lowboy was the perfect candidate for a layered distressed paint finish! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I started first of all by filling the holes where the old hardware was using Dixie Belle’s Mud in brown:
Don’t rush this part. I let this sit overnight so that it could dry all the way down in the holes. When I sanded the next day, the filler still wasn’t flush with the rest of the drawer in a couple of places, so I added a small amount more and let it dry in the sun for about an hour.
When I sanded it smooth with 220 grit sandpaper, it was completely filled and smooth:
How to Layer Paint for a Distressed Finish
Once I vacuumed up all the dust with my shop vac and gave all the pieces a final wipe-down with a clean soft cloth, I was ready for paint.
I gave everything one coat of Dixie Belle’s Cotton, leaving some of the wood to show through in several places:
I still painted in nice, even strokes, moving from one edge to the other without stopping, but I was purposely leaving areas unpainted.
I also made sure not to completely cover the white or the wood areas that were peeking through.
And here is what it looks like now!
Instead of sanding back the paint, I just didn’t cover the previous layer completely! Can I hear it for LESS work??
And look at my sweet girl! Lyla follows me around everywhere, and she jumped up on this basket the second I put it there…like I did it just for her!
I love this relaxed look…it gives this piece a coastal vibe.
I found the knobs at Hobby Lobby early this year. I painted them with two coats of Cotton, leaving areas unpainted on these as well:
The top drawer got some pretty fabric:
You can see how I line drawers with fabric HERE.
Here’s a closer look at the layers…
You could get an even more distressed look by leaving more of the original wood finish showing, or by using a lower grit sandpaper like 100-150 to sand after.
This was pretty quick and easy to do!
And I’m happy that I’m one project closer to getting to start on my Mother’s day haul!!
If you missed any from this haul so far, you can catch up at the links below:
I was planning to share a few frames from my current hall on Thursday but with all the bad weather headed our way, I’ll be sharing a round up of 15 of my repurposed projects instead:
I’m sure y’all wan’t mind!
UPDATE: See what these ordinary items became HERE now!
Have any of y’all been thrifting yet??
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