With all the complicated paint techniques out there, how about an easy distressed painting technique? One you can do in a few minutes.
I used 2 ounces of chalk-based paint to do the whole dresser.
I jumped at the opportunity to do an easy distressed painting technique inspired by Pottery Barn along with a creative group of furniture painting bloggers.
The dresser came from a yard sale for $20. The bones are good, but the veneer is bad.
But bad in a good way!
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The wooden knobs were loose and coming off. I added vintage-inspired glass knobs.
Then I saw the Pottery Barn Dawsen Media Cabinet. I L~O~V~E~D the distressed painting technique. It reminds me of my grandparent’s old bedroom set. It was originally stained but long before I was born, someone painted it black. Over the years and grandkids, the paint wore down to the brown underneath.
Here are the tools I used: Americana Chalky Paint in Carbone, small paint brush, painting latex gloves, and lots of paper towels. I had a trash can nearby too.
I planned to get messy!
The Americana paint does leave brush strokes unlike some chalky type paints, but I like most brush strokes! Done well it gives a wholesome hand painted look instead of factory distressing.
This time I wanted a hand rubbed look.
Or paper towel rubbed look!
Here are close-ups. In places I rubbed with paper towels and others I rubbed with the brush.
At first, I planned to buy wooden knobs and replace the vintage styled glass knobs. But I got a better idea!
I painted the glass knobs!
Absolutely my favorite part! Other glass knobs around the house…beware!
Here’s my finished project.
Here’s the project with the Pottery Barn Inspiration piece.
That 8 oz. can of paint still has about 6 ounces in the can!!!
Plus I didn’t get messy!
This easy distressed technique inspired these mason jar lids.
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