Happy day friends! In my last post about the free Craigslist nightstand that I painted, I told you that I wasn’t done with it yet. This is how it looked when I finished painting it:
Not half bad, right? Whenever I paint a piece of furniture, I always get to this point and wonder, “Should I distress it?”. Do you do that? It almost goes against the grain to make something look so nice and then take sandpaper to it, doesn’t it?
My experience with distressing painted pieces goes way back to the late 1980’s. I had attended a church craft night with my sister and after we had painted the wooden craft, they passed out sandpaper to distress the edges. I thought that they were crazy. I had just painted the piece to perfection…why would I want to sand off a perfectly good painting job? I refused and my craft project came home with me with pristine edges.
Let me just say that, in the decades since (holy cow, that makes me sound SO old!), I have come to embrace distressed painted furniture. Embrace it with big open arms. Want to see my distressed painted nightstand? Why do I ask? Of course you do!
Yeah, I know the picture is kind of dark. Sorry about that, but, can you see the difference?
How about some close ups?
Here are a few other painted items in my home that I have done this same subtle distressed finish on:
Here’s the distressed nightstand in its final resting place, our guest room:
So, what do YOU think? Do YOU like the clean, pristine perfect paint look, or do you like the look of subtle distressing? Personally, I like…both. Wimpy answer, I know, but sometimes I prefer the subtle distressed look, sometimes I don’t. I have found that, if I end up hating the distressing on a project, all it takes is a quick brush of paint on the sanded areas and “poof”, we have the pristine look all over again. Easy peasy, lemon squeezie!
So, again I ask…what’s your take on the matter of painted furniture? Do you say “Yes” to distress?
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