Step 1: Products Used
Rustoleum Painters Touch 2x Black Primer
Old Masters Brushing Lacquer
Step 2: Sand Surface & Remove Dust
Step 3: Apply Primer
Tip: Walk around all sides of the piece you are painting to ensure you are not missing any spots.
Step 4: Once Dry, Distress!
To prevent a scratched appearance, once you have sanded all edges, gently sand over the entire piece (even the areas you did not distress).
Step 5: Remove All Dust
Step 6: Apply Clearcoat
When it comes to clear coat application, applying several light coats is a must. I applied 4-5 light coats of lacquer, allowing it to dry between coats.
Note: Lacquer is very sensitive to temperature and humidity. If the conditions are outside of the range recommended on the package, do not use it.
An alternative (slower drying) option to a spray lacquer is a spray polyurethane. It dries more slowly and tends to be more forgiving.
Step 7: Ta Da!
For instructions on making the twin headboard shown in the photos (made from cabinet doors!):