There is no need to be afraid to distress your furniture. By following a few simple steps, you can easily wrinkle, stain, and age your pieces in an authentic way. Here are four tips for distressing your furniture:
1. Start with a clean surface. If you have recently painted or varnished your furniture, first remove any dust or debris with a vacuum cleaner and a bucket of warm water. Then use a coarse cloth to wipe down the piece completely.
2. Use painters tape to create wrinkles and cracks in the paint. Apply the tape in strategic areas—for example, near the edges of the piece where it will be most visible—and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Remove the tape once it has begun to dry.