There are many ways to distress paint besides letting old man time do it. Some are complicated, others such as this two-colour technique using Fired Earth Chalk Paint, are quite easy.
- 38mm paintbrush
- 120-grit sandpaper
- Mutton cloth
- 1ℓ Fired Earth Chalk Paint – Larva
- 1ℓ Fired Earth Chalk Paint – Bistro Grey
- Fired Earth Soft Wax – clear
Paint your project with two coats of your chosen base colour – we used Fired Earth Larva, letting the paint dry between coats. Then paint the table with the Bistro Grey.
Top Tip: When painting with chalk paint, apply the paint thickly, in a crisscross motion. Brush strokes are great for the distressed look. And paint over handles and hinges too.
Once the top coat has dried, distress the edges of the table lightly with sandpaper to expose the lighter colour beneath.
Seal the paint with two thin coats of Fired Earth Soft Wax, allowing about eight hours between the two coats. Simply apply the wax to the piece with a soft lint-free cloth and then rub it in well. Apply a second thin coat of wax then wait eight to 12 hours before buffing to a soft sheen.
Wax takes about 30 days to cure so be gentle with your project before then.
Top Tip: When distressing any piece of furniture it is important to think where the paint will wear off naturally, and only sand those areas. This includes high-wear items such as drawer handles.
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