A couple of you had asked me to describe how I distress my projects. I LOVE distressing everything I paint. It's so much fun, and it gives whatever you distress a very used, "antiquey" look. And I thought to myself, "why don't I just write a blog about it!" So here you go. A step-by-step tutorial on distressing. I usually do frames, but this week I am painting a cute little tray I found at Goodwill for $2.
I thought it had lots of potential! Just needed a little TLC. So in order to start this project, I needed to get my supplies together: a thrifty find (the tray), some acrylic paint (I used Apple Barrel white acrylic paint I bought at Walmart), a paint brush (or sponge brush), and sandpaper (or sandpaper block).
First, you might want to sand down any rough edges with sandpaper (especially if what you're painting has been used and abused). This will help you get a cleaner look after you paint it.
Next, start painting! Yea! I love painting. It's so therapeutic! You can paint on as many coats as you wish. In this project, I painted on 2 coats of paint since the wood was so dark.
Once the paint has fully dried, grab some sandpaper (or your sandpaper block) and begin sanding off just the edges. You only want it to "accent" your work of art. You can distress (a.k.a. sand down) as much or as little as you want. The great part about distressing is that if you sand down too much, you can always repaint it, let it fully dry, and sand it again. So simple!
I placed this now adorable little tray on a shelf in my craft room. It holds cute little cups and jars that are filled with miscellaneous craft supplies.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this week's How-To Tuesday! (Like the title?? I am trying it out.)