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Carter Oosterhouse shows you how to distress furniture for his GMC Trade Secret.
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How to Distress Furniture
Featured Pro: Carter Oosterhouse Category: Home Décor Time: 3:57
CARTER OOSTERHOUSE: Hey, I’m Carter Oosterhouse, and this is your GMC Trade Secret.
Now, finding the perfect piece of vintage furniture with wear marks in all the right places, well, that can be difficult. But it also can be really expensive. So I’m going to show you guys how to give your own piece of furniture that same rustic look that everybody loves.
Now, first thing you want to do is begin with a piece of furniture that you want to distress. Now, I’ve picked up this piece of furniture, which is fairly old, but it definitely has newer pieces on it, like this back splash is a little bit newer and the baseboard is a little bit newer as well.
So you want to think of, when you see a distressed piece, where those distressed marks are at. And they’re usually found on the corners, maybe on the knobs, or items or pieces that are protruding on that piece of furniture, because those are the things that have the first wear and tear on them.
So the first thing I’m going to use is this wire brush. Now, this probably won’t give me my final look, but it will definitely help to start the process. What I’m going to do is just simply go with the grain on the top of this furniture.
So basically what this wire brush is doing is simply taking all the excess paint off. Now, it may not look like anything too special right now, but once I add a few more effects to it, I think it’s going to look a whole lot better.
I don’t want to take too much paint off, but just enough to give that distressed look.
Now a couple more items, which is a chain, because really having a piece of furniture that’s distressed, well, it’s all random. You don’t really know where it’s going to be distressed at. So we’re just going to wrap this chain on the top and see what we get.
So essentially all that I’m doing right now is this chain is putting some divot marks in this piece of furniture. And if you can think a piece of furniture that’s been around for 50, 60, 70 years has had a lot of wear and tear, a lot of kids, a lot of family members kicking, little chips that are taken away here and there, little divot marks over time. So now I’m just speeding up the process with this chain.
So now, after the chain, I’m going to try another little trick, which is I put all of these nails and these screws in this little towel here, and what I’m going to do is wrap them up like so. I’m going to take a hammer, and what this is going to do is also give me just random patterns of little divots here and there on the furniture.
So now I’ll just sand this piece of furniture down to really make it pop.
Now, some pieces of furniture will actually have lead paint in it, so you want to make sure that if the furniture does, you want to take proper precautions when sanding or distressing.
So when you’re sanding something down, you know, it’s all about personal preference, if you want to do a high distress, medium stress, or low distress. Here I’ve basically taken about a medium to high distress level and I’ve used a 50-grit piece of sandpaper. So now I’m going to use a piece of 220-grit sandpaper to really smooth it down, but it’s still going to have that nice distress. All right. That looks fantastic.
Now, you don’t have to wait for the perfect piece of vintage furniture. You can always just make your own.
I’m Carter Oosterhouse, and that’s your GMC Trade Secret.