DISTRESSED FINISH

 

Distressing or a weathered look in decorative arts is making a piece of furniture or object appear aged and older, giving it a weathered look.There are many ways to produce an appearance of old age and distressing is one of them.
The most simple and straightforward method to distress wood is to sand some of the paint off. This technique works great on both already painted wood and unpainted wood.The key is to sand random areas that tend to get bumped or scratched naturally like corners and edges so it looks organic. You can also repeat the process on the same piece with several layers of different coloured paint
ONE COLOUR DISTRESS

Step 1 

Apply one coat of paint to your piece; let it dry completely. You can add a second coat of the same colour or a different colour . This all comes down to the look you are wanting to achieve.

Step 2

 If you’re using a varnish top coat you definitely want to distress first. If you’re using wax, then technically you can distress before or after waxing it all comes down to your preference.Once your final paint coat is dry, you can start distressing with a fine-grit sandpaper.

You can start with 180 grit sandpaper to see how you like the look, but feel free to experiment with other grits. (The higher the number, the finer the sandpaper.) You just don’t want to use sandpaper that’s too coarse as it’ll leave visible marks on the un-distressed parts of your piece.

Make sure to apply only a little pressure at first, because you don’t want to take off more of the paint layer than you intend.take off more of the paint layer than you intend.

TWO COLOUR DISTRESS

The second coat of paint will be the most prominent after you distress. The first coat that you apply will just show through.

For example, if your first coat is Daisy Chain ( white) and your second coat is Duck egg Blue then when you distress your piece the main colour will be Duck egg Blue and Daisy Chain will be what you see in the distressed areas.

Step 1 

Apply a liberal amount of paint to your brush and paint it on in all directions.

Step 2 

Once the first coat is dry you can now add a second coat . Apply a second coat using a different colour to the first coat and dilute it with water in a separate container by 5- 10 %.

Step 3 

Once the paint is fully dried you can start to distress. Using a 180 grit sandpaper distress your piece in areas that would naturally be worn over time.

If you choose to seal your piece use  Soul Decor Finishing Wax or for more durability in high traffic areas Soul Decor Varnish.

WET DISTRESS

This technique is ideal when layering colors. It can be used to create a more natural looking worn effect. Wet distress works best after the second layer of paint color has been applied and dry to the touch You’ll need a bucket of water and a lint-free cloth or scouring pad. The cloth should be wet, but not dripping wet. Gently rub the cloth across the surface in a back-and-forth motion with a little pressure at first and then apply more if needed to remove paint. You can distress the edges as well as the flat surfaces for the worn effect you desire.

Step 1

Apply one coat and let the paint dry completely.

Step 2 

Apply the next coat in a different color

Step 3

Remove the top colour with a damp lint-free cloth focusing on corners, edges and raised surface areas.Once your piece has finished you can provide a protective layer by sealing it with Soul Decor Finishing Wax or Soul Decor Varnish.

SMOOTH FINISH

Before you start make sure you have the following :

Soul Decor Paint – colour of your choice 

Brush

Lint Free Cloth

Container – paint must be in a separate container when adding water 

Clear wax

Wax brush or a lint free cloth – to apply the wax

Extra fine sandpaper – wet sanding

To achieve a smooth finish you will need to thin out your paint with water

Step 1 

Pour your paint Into a separate container then add 5-10% water to the paint , you don’t want the paint to be runny or drip from your brush 

Step 2 

With your brush apply the paint with long, and gentle continuous strokes, always in the direction of the grain.

Allow the paint to fully dry 20-30 min this is  depending on the temperature and the surface application.

Step 3  

With a fine sandpaper gently remove unwanted texture from the surface.Wipe the surface clean and make sure it is free of any dust before applying the next coat of paint.

Step 4 

Repeat 2 & 3 until you have adequate coverage making sure that the paint is fully dry between each coat.

Step 5

 Use a damp ( not dripping) extra fine grit sandpaper  to wet sand your entire piece. The dampness helps to reduce the friction on the sandpaper which produces a lighter sand. The result should be a beautiful streak free smooth finish.

Step 6 

Apply your Soul Decor Finishing  Wax to the surface with a brush or a lint free cloth ,always wiping away any excess wax.

Continue on until you have waxed the entire area..

Remember  a few thin coats of wax is  better than one thick coat.

Your piece will try with a beautiful matte silky finish.

If you are after a shiny finish give your piece 24 hours then buff the surface with a lint-free cloth, the more you buff the shiner your finish will become.

Soul Decor Wax will be fully cured within 10-12 days, be gentle with your piece during that time. 

COLOUR WASH FINISH

Step 1

Pour your paint into a container then add 20-30 % water to the paint in small increments until the paint is slightly transparent. The paint should not be too runny. Stir well. 

Step 2

Brush on the diluted paint making sure you use long even and continuous strokes from one end to the other, you want to avoid stop marks. 

Step 3 

While the paint is still wet, remove some of it by gently wiping over the surface with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth in the direction of the wood grain, continuing to wipe until you are happy with the results.

Step 4

Lightly and evenly sand the  surface using a very fine and clean sandpaper then wipe away the dust with a damp cloth.

Step 5

Once your piece has finished you can provide a protective layer by sealing it with Soul Decor Finishing Wax or Soul Decor Varnish.

 

DRY BRUSH FINISH

One of the key elements in using the dry brush technique with chalk paint is offloading. Offloading is the process of wiping paint off of the brush after you have dipped it in paint. 

Step 1

Load a very small amount of your accent colour to your brush by dipping just the very tips of the bristles into the paint. Offload your brush onto a piece of cardboard or something similar  to remove any excess paint, you want to have a relatively dry brush.

Step 2

Using only the tips of the brush and light pressure, brush in a crosshatch pattern over the painted surface or along edges and other raised details. Slowly build up your colour until you are happy with the results.

Step 3

Once your piece has finished you can provide a protective layer by sealing it with Soul Decor Finishing Wax or Soul Decor Varnish.

The dry brush technique can be accomplished with or without layering. If you want the natural wood of a piece to show through, you can.