Well hello there my sweet lil side table! Or sweet now... because before this simple yet satisfying make-over, this table would have quickly been put in the back of the basement. Distressing is a popular and fun way to give furniture a fresh look, while giving the impression that your grandma made it this way decades ago (and how thoughtful of her, it happens to match your home decor!). Today we'll walk through the steps for this two color distressed effect, and some of the tricks that I've picked up along the way.
- Electric Sander with medium to fine sanding pads. (or sandpaper and a sanding block if you don't have a sander)
- Medium Steel Wool
- Sanding Sponge - fine to medium (optional)
- White Candle (a dead tealight is perfect)
- 2 colors of paint - one for the undercoat, one for the topcoat.
- plastic sandwich bags
- Watco Satin Wax (or your preferred seal)
- Plastic gloves (I know, I don't like them either, but just do it!)
First we want to rough this table up so we can ditch some of those water stains, and give our new paint something to grab onto. I'm using my orbital sander, with velcro sanding pads. If you don't have an orbital sander you can of course sand by hand, but if you are considering re-doing furniture regularly it's worth the investment. You can pick up a good one for around $20-30. Pop your dust mask on (safety first!) and sand it smooth.