I am so glad to have you all here today. I have had many of you ask me to do a tutorial on how I distressed my shutters.
I have broken it down into every step that I used, and have taken a lot of pictures so that you can visualize it. I use this process on almost all of my distressing projects.
My key goal is to have it look like it has been outside in the elements for some time, and yet be able to have it in the color tones that go best with my decor.
To show this process to you I used an ordinary old plank that I use for sign making. When I finish this off it will be ready for lettering and I will use it for my Fall decor.
These are the products that I use. I love chalk paint and my very favorite kind is Vintage Market and Design. It just seems to go on so nice and is not overly thick like many of them are. They ship it out the day that you order it with no extra charge, I like that. As you can see I use many different colors, as well as black chalk board paint, and acrylic paint. This is because you always see an old weathered piece of furniture with different colors of paint on it, I try to make it look as original as possible.
This picture must look really funny to you, one of my grands said to me “Why are you painting that like a zebra?” lol
First step is to make sure that the wood is clean and lightly sanded. Then I take different colors of paint and randomly paint in different areas that I want the color to come out on. Let this process dry for about a half an hour.
Next I use this awesome crackle glaze that you can find at any Home Depot.
I completely cover the whole area with the crackle. Using sponge brushes really make for a fast clean up. Let it dry for at least an hour. If not it will cake and be a mess, trust I know. lol
After I have let my main color dry good I brush on a brown decorative glaze by Rust-Oleum, it comes in different colors, you can use a dark wax if you want. I use the glaze because it seems to be less expensive and you can find it at Home Depot. Make sure that all the wood is covered.
Then use a damp rag with water and smooth it over the glazed area. I wipe some of the top paint off so I can see some of the color come through. Let dry.
Then using a piece of medium sand paper rough up your wood until you like the look. Sometimes I use my little mouse sander for a bigger effect. If you have disposable rubber gloves use them. I always have paint en-fessed nails. lol
With a dry rag I apply Vintage Market white silk wax all over the painted area. This step really gives it a marvelous effect. Let dry really good.
This is the effects of the distressing when it is all finished. Now my distressed plank is ready for some fun painted words.
I know that it seems like a lot of steps but I really like the effect that it gives.
I hope that this answered a lot of your questions, and when you try this let me know how your project turns out. If you have any more questions just let me know would love to help you.
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