If you have taken a recent stroll through a “normal” furniture shop lately (no bare wood furniture in sight), you have possibly observed that most of the more trendy items are “weathered” or “distressed.” It’s the furniture equivalent of “stone washed jeans.”
Unluckily, because the distressing is done via machine, there is always a discernable pattern found in it, and this, in my mind, makes it almost not even worth purchasing.
At this time, majority of the persons who gravitate toward bare wood furniture are independent do-it-yourselfers, and will always be on the lookout for suggestions and ways to help make the results of their hobby much more striking than ever. If you would like to give your furniture a fine, truly random distressed appearance, this tip might be just what you have been seeking.
Before you get to the step of staining wood furniture, simply take a 3′-4′ length of chain and work the furniture over with moderately hard blows. Not too hard, as we do not want to crack anything, but certainly hard enough to leave marks! Distress your bare wood furniture to taste, then sand and stand as typical. The “bruises” and indentations will be differently colored and the in general result will be a rugged, weathered look that’s quite appealing.
If the thought of beating the daylights out of your attractive piece of bare wood furniture gives you the willies, I’d suggest working on a test board, then staining and noting the results, as there is certainly no taking it back once the deed is done! And if you’re still uneasy about using that recommendation, here’s one that may be more to your liking.
When sanding in preparation for staining wood furniture, sometimes it happens. As you are bent over the wood, that bead of sweat that was building up on your forehead decides it is no longer content there, and splat! Right onto the wood. If you just stain it at this point, you’ll have a watermark where the stain reacts evidently differently to that spot of the wood, so what to do?
Fine, you could simply write it off as a “character mark” and have done with it, but if you’d rather reduce its impact, finish sanding and wipe the piece with a tack cloth. Then, wipe the entire piece again, this time with a lightly damp rag. Let dry completely before proceeding. You may not be able to take the drop of sweat back, but you can reduce its presence with this easy trick.
These are but 2 things you can do before or during the process of staining wood furniture to aid enrich the overall look of the piece.
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