Wet and Dry Distressing Techniques!

3 Materials
$20
6 Hours
Medium

Distressing Dixie Belle Paint is a great way to give your furniture a weathered and decorative look. Wet and Dry distressing methods both can produce an aged, vintage appearance. To find out which technique would work best for you…keep reading!
 The first step is to paint the entire piece in the color of your choice. With 55 colors to choose from choosing just one is the hardest part! Choose two colors if you would like and distress them together for a unique look.
The next step is to complete a second coat of Dixie Belle Paint in the initial color or this time you may choose a different color. Choosing a different color will allow the first color to peek through underneath. 
 Now you can choose to wet distress with water or allow the piece to dry and distress by sanding.You may choose to wet distress if you are trying to preserve woodwork or to achieve a more chippy distressed look. To wet distress use a lint free, damp cloth and begin to rub on areas you want to distress. Make sure to wet distress within six hours or you will need to really saturate the piece to achieve results.Start gently and apply more pressure for a bolder look. You may choose to lightly sand for a buttery smooth finish.  You may choose this technique if you want to expose the wood grain as well. To seal it off try Best Dang Wax!
For dry distressing, you would want to wait until the piece is dry and then begin to sand for an even, well blended final product. Focus on the edges and corners of the furniture. Like wet distressing you can apply more pressure to take away more paint and expose the wood underneath. You can also use a sander but be prepared for the dust it will create! To seal it off you can try Clear Coat Satin!
Distressing over Sea Spray is another option to add texture to your piece!

Suggested materials:

  • Sea Spray
  • Dixie Belle Sanding Sponges
  • Dixie Belle Paint

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  • Karen
    on Sep 19, 2018

    Do you have to sand back the piece before painting and where do you buy Dixie Bell Paint

  • Rambie
    on Jan 19, 2019

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