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How come distressed-aged look is so popular? When I see that finish I want to repaint it. Am I the only one out there?


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  • Em Em on Jan 14, 2021

    If everyone had the same taste they would not make hundreds of styles of houses, clothes, cars, people and on and on. Many people may not like your choices of paint. Many don't like paint at all.

  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com FrugalFamilyTimes.com on Jan 14, 2021

    That's the beauty of home decor - you can do what you like in your own home - and not do what you don't like!

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jan 14, 2021

    Hi Jan lol I kind of agree with you. The look of distressed furniture for me has run its course but there will probably always be a niche out there for it. For me its a way for people to get "antique looking" pieces without the cost that generally comes with them.

  • It's a personal preference. Keep in mind, trends come and go!

  • Janice Janice on Jan 14, 2021

    I'm right there with you, Jan. When I see a distressed piece, I automatically think diy!

    Some of it is well done, some not. As always, each individual likes what they like and I know many people love the distressed look. Knotty pine is my pet peeve, but others love the look.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 14, 2021

    No you are not the only one. I grew up dirt poor and we had old used furniture and I can't understand why anyone would want that look. To me distressed looks like something someone found along the roadside. Lived with that for almost 20 years and don't care to do it again.

    Some folks call distressed as adding character. I call it old furniture in need of a face lift.

    Just my personal feelings on the subject.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 14, 2021

    Hello Jan,

    No you are not the only one! All ages and nationalities, tastes are hear online. It wouldn't do if we were all alike - now would it!

  • J Brown J Brown on Jan 14, 2021

    I too am not a "farmhouse" fan

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jan 14, 2021

    Hello. You’re not alone. So many bloggers want those white colorless rooms and farmhouse style. Everyone’s taste can certainly differ.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 14, 2021

    It is another fad, just like everyone had to do a pallet project.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 14, 2021

    Love modern farmhouse but hate distressed or worn looking items. Odd maybe that it is what it is.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 15, 2021

    I am not crazy about it and my husband hates it so I never distress anything. He says it looks like it needs painting so he's exactly with your opinion. But I do have quite a bit of furniture I have painted so I'm not opposed to that.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jan 15, 2021

    some of us like the distress look and some don't just depends on what your like I guess

  • I think it ties in with the rustic/ farmhouse trend. I like things that are naturally worn, but I don't love the overly chippy and distressed look. It needs to be neat looking, for me, anyway!

  • Betsy Betsy on Feb 02, 2021

    Hi Jan: Nope, I'm not a fan of that look either. However, some love it and can work it into their decorating style quite well. But, it's not for me :)

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 08, 2021

    Hello Jan,

    No, you are not alone! It is usually the younger generation that likes this look!

  • It’s all a matter of what makes you enjoy looking at your surroundings. I started distressing my own furniture because with every move, my furniture got knicked and scratched pretty badly. Now when this happens, it adds more character to my pieces. I distress furniture on purpose now. If you up-cycle stuff with lots of previous cosmetic damage, you can work with what you’ve got by going with the old/ worn look. I still like the worn out look because It reminds me of the past when life was void of technology and mass production. People were resourceful and practical. It was a period when people were keeping stuff until it literally fell apart. Then after it did, the broken pieces were then used to make into something else. “Barn wood”, old fruit crates, etc. Folks were used to reusing and not wasting or throwing out items, especially when times were tough. It’s the ultimate way of bringing that part of history into your home if you are into that. Of course, to each his own.

  • T.H. Stranger T.H. Stranger on Jun 15, 2021

    My daughter is a huge fan but I'm just the opposite. She goes full blown with crackle paint. distressed corners and darkened (dirty build up) recess look. I have bought furniture from her just so I could paint it. Did I mention I have OCD? Distressed work looks unfinished to me.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jul 10, 2021

    Hi Jan,

    As someone who has has experience with a 'real' farmhouse (read: weather beaten, worn out, unpainted) I have a hard time understanding the appeal of this trend to decorate in what is being labelled as 'farmhouse' style.


    I sometimes think that the folks who find it attractive have never experienced the the genuine distress in having to live every day in a house that you are unable to fix up due to lack of money.

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