Allie O'Bray
Allie O'Bray
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  • Sandy, UT

How to Distress Furniture Without Any Sanding.

7 Materials
$5
30 Minutes
Easy

This old oak stool is one I've had for a long time but haven't displayed it in my home. So I knew I wanted to give it a quick paint job so I could use it. This technique of distressing is super easy. You will love turning any furniture into an antique lookalike in a few quick steps. View the entire post here.

how to distress furniture without any sanding
how to distress furniture without any sanding

So I began by painting the stool white. Milk paint or chalk paint isn’t something I would recommend for this project. I just used  white acrylic paint and it worked perfect. 

how to distress furniture without any sanding

Carefully I painted the entire stool to make sure I didn’t miss any of it. So be expecting the first layer to take the longest. The end result won’t look as good if you don’t take your time in the beginning.

how to distress furniture without any sanding

You will want to paint a couple coats.

how to distress furniture without any sanding
how to distress furniture without any sanding

Painting a light brown streak on the edges using the paint color  Brown Sugar once the white coats were dry.

how to distress furniture without any sanding
how to distress furniture without any sanding

I painted the entire top of the stool brown. Right over the white layer.

how to distress furniture without any sanding

Then I let the brown layer dry.

how to distress furniture without any sanding

Once the brown later was dry I applied a layer of Elmer Glue.

how to distress furniture without any sanding

Immediately I painted a coat of white paint right over the glue.

how to distress furniture without any sanding

Then started to blow dry.

how to distress furniture without any sanding

You will see it start to crack and look "chippy."

how to distress furniture without any sanding

Here it is. I put in in my kitchen corner. It turned out really cute.

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2 questions
  • Debra Kawaller
    on Feb 16, 2019

    Love this idea. I have an old stool which would be great for this project. Only problem I have is color of vinyl cushion on top. Any suggestions for changing the color of it?

    • Robyn Garner
      on Feb 18, 2019

      You could pull the top off and replace it completely or remove the vinyl, see what's there and move on. I think the vinyl should come off no matter what.

  • NaniJen
    on Feb 28, 2019

    Love it! 💞😊I have 2 of these exact stools that I use as plant stands & have been wanting to give them this exact look to go with my farmhouse decor. Thank you for the inspiration!! I do have 1 question: Will Alene's Tacky Glue give the same effect as Elmers glue? Anyone know?

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  • So pretty! I have two of the same stools! Great share, thanks. 🌞

  • Robin
    on May 15, 2019

    😲 amazing technique!! I can’t believe I’ve never seen this glue/heat trick!!!! Definitely will be trying this on an old side table... and maybe a few other pieces! LOVE IT!!

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