Is there a paint for wood chairs that can gives a distressed look?


Is there a paint for wood chairs that can give you a white distressed look?? Thank you!

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  • Milk paint gives a lovely distressed look. Sometimes it even crackles.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Apr 07, 2019

    All my friends that make their newly painted furniture look distressed use a sander to do it. You use a light hand and only sand in places to give it the look. I hope this helps Lucille.

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Apr 07, 2019

    True white wash----Mix 2 cups of salt with 1 gallon of warm water and stir to dissolve the salt.

    Add 6 to 8 cups of hydrated lime to the salt water.

    Mix well until the lime is dissolved.

    The mixture should be thinner than traditional paint. or True Milk Paint

    • Lemon
    • 1 quart skim milk
    • Sieve
    • Cheesecloth
    • Dry color pigment or artists' acrylic paint

    Mix the juice of a lemon with 1 quart of skim milk in a large bowl. Leave the mixture overnight at room temperature to induce curdling.

    Pour it through a sieve lined with cheesecloth to separate the solid curds from the liquid whey. Add 4 tablespoons of dry color pigment (available at art-supply stores) to the curd; be sure to wear a mask, and stir until the pigment is evenly dispersed.

    Artists' acrylic paint also can be used in place of powdered pigment. Add it one drop at a time, and stir constantly until you achieve the desired hue. Whether pigment- or acrylic-based, milk paint will spoil quickly, so it should be applied within a few hours of mixing. Rest assured, its sour smell will disappear once the paint dries. If you prefer, you can purchase milk paint rather than make it yourself.

  • Deb K Deb K on Apr 07, 2019

    Hi Lucille, any paint can be distressed with a sander and course sandpaper, you can also buy a paint that has a crackled effect. If you want to age or weather it, use dark colored transparent stain, paint it on and wipe it off with a rag right away.

  • TheHoneycombHome TheHoneycombHome on Apr 07, 2019

    Use chalk paint and then lightly sand some off (especially around the edges) for a distressed look.

    • Lucille Lucille on Apr 07, 2019

      Thank you so much! One more question..Does the chalk paint come in a patina as not to look so stark white