This Technique is a MISTAKE FREE, FAIL PROOF way of distressing your coloured timber. It gives your project those perfect imperfections that are sometimes so hard to get right. and get it right you will every single time using this simply quick and inexspensive technique.
I came about this technique by accident, sheer luck to be honest and I was so excited when I did. No more attempts at dry brushing that’s for sure. There is no hits or miss, no having to go over an area which hasn’t visually worked.
The area in which I am discussing for this distressing technique is shown on the legs of the 3 tables seen in the photos. The tops of the tables were completed using a different Technique which I will explain at the end of this page.
All you need to distress your project in this fail proof, simple shabby chic visual effect technique – are white chalk paint, a can of good quality coloured spray paint of your choice. (I only use Krylon or Rustoleum brands) and different grades of sandpaper.
Steps on how to achieve this Technique- Paint your entire project in white chalk paint or just the area you will be distressing . Allow paint to dry and paint a second coat. You want to ensure your entire piece has been fully coated in white chalk paint. The more white distressing effect you want to show through on your finished Timber project, the more coverage you are better to give your timber project when painting on the white chalk paint.
Once the chalk paint is completely dry lightly sand to ensure that all lines and corners of your piece are still defined and any drips and bumps are smoothed and removed. Do not sand back to bare timber at this point your Timber still needs to be fully covered in white chalk paint.
In your chosen Spray paint colour follow the instructions and spray you entire project. I allow for 2 coats. 1st coat then dry time then 2nd coat and allow plenty of drying time.
The craft work appears all in the sanding of your project, explore different gradients of sandpaper use your hands to sand and take your time. ( I really enjoyed the sanding and found it very theraputic) not to mention how, what a buzz I got at the distressing effect I was achieving. The heavier and more you sand the more white chalkpaint shows through and the shinier and smoother those areas become.
Once you are happy with your completed result clean with a damp cloth and cover with a coat of bees wax or polyurithine spray. You now have a winning project.
To achieve a Finish as I have on the tops of the tables.
Paint in white chalk paint, whilst chalk paint is a little damp use doiley’s as templates and spray paint in a variety of coordinating colours over the top. Allow the spray paint to semi dry and using a roller adding another light layer of white chalk paint, then another layer of spray paint doiley’s .
Once paint is nearly dry using a sanding block and a fine grade sandpaper start at one end of your table and drag the sandpaper across the top of the table in long straight lines. This will start to blend the paint colours in together forming a tye dye effect. The more you drag the more muted and blended the colours become. continue dragging until you have achieved the effect you are happy with. Once the top is completely dry coat in beeswax or polyurythine spray.
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Happy DIY From Judith Sudulic