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Picture of Distressing Wood Furniture for an Antique Look
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We built this simple rustic bench for our mudroom, which is the main entry to our house, since no one uses the front door.  For the complete instructions on building the bench itself (sorry no photos but feel free to comment with questions!) visit my wife's blog, http://thekieffercollective.com/2013/09/08/bench-fest/.  This Instructable is just about the antique finish she did for it.



 
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Step 1: "Aging" The Wood

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Since nothing screams "newly built!" like sharp corners and edges, the first step is to soften all those hard lines.  We're trying to make the wood look older than it is, and anyone who's moved a few times knows that the corners are the first things to get dinged up.  So start by taking a hammer and hitting the corners and edges of the seat and legs.  Then, I took the hammer and dropped it from about 18" above the seat, to add in gouges and nicks to the seat top.  You can also take the claw end of the hammer and drag it along the surface for longer scrapes and scratches.  Since this bench was made from pine lumber, the wood was soft enough that it didn't take much force to soften the edges and corners, but if you're working with a hardwood like cherry or oak, then you'll need to apply a little more force.

This is exactly what I was looking for! Just moved into a new apartment and I received a beatup table that I love. It's currently white but I wanted to paint it turquoise so I even get to see what that would look like! Thanks so much!

MarthaS22 months ago

Wow! The way you have done it is amazing.. The final output just looks splendid. Even I tried some of these DIY's and have written a similar blog. Your kind feedback will be much appreciated :) http://www.chairdoctortucson.com/blog/how-to-distress-your-furniture/

linzrusk7 months ago

Thank you for posting this!! I cant find the directions on how to make the bench tho. Thank you!!

temper1 year ago
Nice work! thanks for the tut - will definitely give that a go - cheers.