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What is Distressed Furniture?



What is "Distressed" Furniture?



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The art of distressing involves intentionally sanding, bleaching, denting, scratching, marring, staining, crackling paint, and other techniques, to add character and the appearance of an aged/weathered look.

The weathered look is achieved by various techniques and levels of distressing. Some furniture may have subtle distressing like sanded edges and other pieces may be heavily deconstructed.


A benefit of distressed furniture is that it hides wear and tear. Scratches and dents add to the natural beauty of the finish. Additionally, distressed furniture gives a room the cozy "lived in" look as opposed to a formal one

The characteristics of distressing are commonly misinterpreted as damage.






Distressing Techniques




WORMHOLES

Holes are often made to mimic the natural wormholes found in aged wood.

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HANDLING MARKS

Scraping with a chisel, sanding edges, and added scratches give the appearance of a piece that has been handled over the years

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ANTIQUING/AGING

Painting and glazing techniques create the worn antique look.

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COMBING & GRAINING

This technique imitates the natural aging process and wood grain.

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DENTS, KNOTS, HANGUP, & IMPERFECTIONS

Deconstructing marks intentionally made on the surface to create the look of natural wood damage.

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TEXTURE, PAINTS, & CRACKLING

A variety of techniques using paint, stains, and other products to create an aged look.

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Important Points to Consider



• Finishes in a collection may not be a perfect match. For example, a bed and dresser may not have scratches and dents in the same patterns or locations. Most furniture distressing is done by hand, so each piece is unique.

• Your delivered piece may not look exactly like the piece on the floor or in a photo.

• Edges and surfaces may appear worn or scratched.

• The surface may not be entirely smooth. It may contain dents or knots.

• You may see scratches or variations in the grain.

• Staining and paint applications may vary.

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