Paint & Distress Furniture the EASY way!

The House on Silverado

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I've had this little table for years, but it was in desperate need of an update.


Sand the area where you plan to apply stain.


In this case, I sanded the top only, because I plan to apply paint to the rest of the table.

Chalk Paint Base Coat


Layering chalk paint allows you to craete a finish that looks worn and rustic.  I used the color "Drift Wood" for my base coat.

Chalk Paint Top Coat


Apply a second color of chalk paint over the base color. This allows you to gently sand back some of the top coat, and allow the base layer to show through.

I used "Hurricane Gray" for my second color.



A mixture of multiple stain colors is the key to producing wood that looks old and weathered.  I used 3 colors of water-based stain.

Water-based Stain

Water-based stains work best for this process, because they sit on the surface of the wood, rather than soak in, allowing you to blend them for an aged look.

Wipe & Blend


IContinue layering the stains, wiping & blending as you go, until you achieve the desired look of old and aged wood.

Dry Brush for Texture


While is still wet, gently drag a dry chip brush through the stain to give it some texture and appearance of wood graining.



Using a fine grit sanding sponge, gently sand along edges and corners to remove some of the paint & stain, allowing the undercoat to show through.  You can do as much or as little as you like.

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