DIY White and Grey Distressed Furniture Paint Steps

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You can do this beautiful DIY White and Grey Distressed Furniture look, here’s how!

Yay! It’s time to share the steps for that beautiful DIY White and Grey Distressed Furniture look I painted on that DIY Pedestal Kitchen Table build, I shared last week. This distressed paint look gives that pedestal the classy, heirloom furniture feel I was hoping for. But, it’s not very hard to do. With these steps and video, you can recreate this look at home. 🙂

I started with unfinished wood, for this project. If you want to get this look on stained or painted furniture, I have some tips to help you do that, after the painting steps. Keep scrolling to see what I would do with stained furniture or painted furniture, to get this DIY Distressed Furniture Look.

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Watch the DIY White and Grey Distressed Furniture Video Here

Seeing someone do something always helps me understand the DIY better. Watch this 5-minute video for a better look at each step. 🙂

Here’s What You’ll Need

Easy DIY with written steps and video tutorial for this beautiful DIY White and Grey Distressed Furniture look, using chalk paint and vaseline.
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Steps to Do This At Home

Step One

If starting with unfinished wood, use wood filler where needed, then sand to 150-grit. I like 150-grit under paint. I go for a higher grit when I’m just staining wood. Wipe away all dust with a tack cloth, or similar.

Now, wipe on 2 coats of Danish Oil in Black Walnut. Wear gloves and follow the directions on the can for best results. I love Danish Oil as a stand alone stain or even under paint because it’s oils soak into wood and harden, which makes the wood harder and more durable. That soft pine needs that extra strength around my boys. K, NK. 😉

Applying Black Walnut Danish Oil to unfinished Pine
Applying Black Walnut Danish Oil to the Unfinished Pine wood.

Step Two

Apply Vaseline with your finger tip or a q-tip to just the corners, edges, and any raised areas you definitely want the stained wood to show through the paint. Don’t use too much Vaseline. If you make it gloppy or apply a lot, you’ll have a much bigger patch of stained wood show through.

You can see exactly how I applied mine with a q-tip in the video. I used a q-tip so that I could apply just the smallest amount to the corners and edges. You can see how I distressed an office chair with thicker vaseline here. It still looks nice, but you see more wood and it has more of a rustic style.

Step Three

Add some blue accent color to a few raised details or corners. I applied Dixie Belle’s Vintage Duck Egg Blue to a few areas that I just wanted a bit of blue highlights showing through. This just added more variation to my design. If you want more blue to show through, you could do the blue over the white, instead of under.

Adding touches of Dixie Belle Vintage Duck Egg blue chalk paint in spots that I want to add a touch of extra color to.

Step Four

One thick layer of a creamy, off white chalk paint. Like the Linen color, by Amy Howard, I used. By thick, I just mean to make sure you get a pretty solid layer of color, so that it looks even. BTW, I’m using a good nylon brush to apply all of my chalk paints.

After applying a full layer of the off white Amy Howard chalk paint color Linen, I applied 2 layers of Amy Howard chalk paint color Selznick Grey.

Step Five

Then, you need two layers of a Medium Grey. I used Amy Howard’s Selznick Grey Chalk Paint. I really recommend using chalk paint when distressing. It dries harder and faster than latex paint. And, it sands more easily and evenly than latex.

Step Six

Now for the fun! Use a slightly damp Fine Grit Sanding Block to wet sand the edges, corners, and raised areas. Be sure to get all those spots you applied vaseline too. You’ll need to rinse out your sanding block as the pores fill up with paint. Use a damp rag to wipe off the paint residue as you work too. That paint residue tends to build up pretty quickly, so keep it clean to avoid messing up.

Furniture will naturally wear at corners, edges, and raised spots over the years. So, I tend to stick to those spots for a more natural distressed look. Go for what you like with this DIY white and grey distressed paint look. I like to just step back as I work to see if I need to work on some spots more. It’s all personal preference though. Go with what you like.

Use a damp sanding block to distress chalk paint off of edges, corners, and raised areas for a naturally distressed and worn look.

Step Seven

Seal with a good, durable water-based polyurethane. I used a Wipe-On Poly that I absolutely love because it’s so easy to apply. I wiped on 6-8 coats of this over a couple days. The first 2 or 3 coats don’t look great, because this finish is so thin. But, then on coat 4 or 5, it’s perfectly smooth and shiny.

I normally say to follow the directions on a product, but I will say, for this wipe on poly, don’t sand after the first or second coat. It really does go on so thin, you pretty much sand it clean off without much effort. And, when you do sand between coats, use a very high grit, like 400 or up. And, just lightly sand.

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You can see just a hint of that blue showing through in a few places. That just adds a bit more variation and character to the finish. You could add the blue over the white, instead of under, if you wanted to see a lot more blue in your distressed furniture.
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I distressed down to the stain on the corners and edges. I love that peek of dark wood showing through.

To get this DIY White and Grey Distressed look on already stained furniture: Clean the furniture with TSP to clean and degrease it. Patch with wood filler (if needed) and sand rough areas smooth with 150-grit sandpaper. Then follow the steps in the video, starting with the vaseline then blue chalk paint. Chalk Paint doesn’t require a primer to stick to stained wood.

To get this look on already painted WOOD furniture: I recommend using CitriStrip Paint Stripper to remove the paint. You can see my DIY steps for stripping paint off furniture here. Then, you can use dark brown gel stain as the first layer over stripped wood, instead of the Danish Oil I use on unfinished wood. And follow the steps in the video, starting with the Vaseline then blue chalk paint. Chalk Paint doesn’t require a primer to stick to stained wood.

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I love this table base, guys. The paint and the shape is exactly as I hoped it would turn out. You can see the woodworking plans for that Wooden Pedestal Kitchen Table here. That $20 DIY Red and White Barn Quilt tutorial is here.
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Look at those beautiful curves accented by dark over light distressing. This DIY white and grey distressed paint look turned out so pretty.
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That wall art to the left of the pedestal is an easy DIY Paint Pouring project, that’s a fun way to make wall art with cheap craft paints.

Check out all 4 DIY Tutorials from this Wooden Kitchen Table Build!

Looking for more of my DIY Furniture Makeover videos? You can see them here, on my YouTube channel. 🙂

DIY White And Grey Distressed Paint

Here's how I get the perfect layered paint and distressed paint finish with chalk paint on furniture. East how to distress paint steps and video to help you do it too! DIY White and Grey Distressed Furniture Look #PaintTips #Painting #Crafts #DIYCrafts #ChalkPaint

Easy to follow written steps and video for this beautiful DIY White and Grey Distressed Furniture look, using chalk paint and vaseline.

Materials

  • Grey Chalk Paint
  • White Chalk Paint
  • Medium Blue Chalk Paint
  • Medium Walnut Danish Oil

Instructions

Step One

  1. If starting with unfinished wood, use wood filler where needed, then sand to 150-grit. I like 150-grit under paint. I go for a higher grit when I’m just staining wood. Wipe away all dust with a tack cloth, or similar.
  2. Now, wipe on 2 coats of Danish Oil in Black Walnut. Wear gloves and follow the directions on the can for best results. I love Danish Oil as a stand alone stain or even under paint because it’s oils soak into wood and harden, which makes the wood harder and more durable. That soft pine needs that extra strength around my boys. K, NK.

Step Two

  1. Apply Vaseline with your finger tip or a q-tip to just the corners, edges, and any raised areas you definitely want the stained wood to show through the paint. Don’t use too much Vaseline. If you make it gloppy or apply a lot, you’ll have a much bigger patch of stained wood show through.
  2. You can see exactly how I applied mine with a q-tip in the video. I used a q-tip so that I could apply just the smallest amount to the corners and edges. You can see how I distressed an office chair with thicker vaseline here. It still looks nice, but you see more wood and it has more of a rustic style.

Step Three

  1. Add some blue accent color to a few raised details or corners. I applied Dixie Belle’s Vintage Duck Egg Blue to a few areas that I just wanted a bit of blue highlights showing through. This just added more variation to my design. If you want more blue to show through, you could do the blue over the white, instead of under.

Step Four

  1. One thick layer of a creamy, off white chalk paint. Like the Linen color, by Amy Howard, I used. By thick, I just mean to make sure you get a pretty solid layer of color, so that it looks even. BTW, I’m using a good nylon brush to apply all of my chalk paints.

Step Five

  1. Then, you need two layers of a Medium Grey. I used Amy Howard’s Selznick Grey Chalk Paint. I really recommend using chalk paint when distressing. It dries harder and faster than latex paint. And, it sands more easily and evenly than latex.

Step Six

  1. Now for the fun! Use a slightly damp Fine Grit Sanding Block to wet sand the edges, corners, and raised areas. Be sure to get all those spots you applied vaseline too. You’ll need to rinse out your sanding block as the pores fill up with paint. Use a damp rag to wipe off the paint residue as you work too. That paint residue tends to build up pretty quickly, so keep it clean to avoid messing up.
  2. Furniture will naturally wear at corners, edges, and raised spots over the years. So, I tend to stick to those spots for a more natural distressed look. Go for what you like with this DIY white and grey distressed paint look. I like to just step back as I work to see if I need to work on some spots more. It’s all personal preference though. Go with what you like.

Step Seven

  1. Seal with a good, durable water-based polyurethane. I used a Wipe-On Poly that I absolutely love because it’s so easy to apply. I wiped on 6-8 coats of this over a couple days. The first 2 or 3 coats don’t look great, because this finish is so thin. But, then on coat 4 or 5, it’s perfectly smooth and shiny.
  2. I normally say to follow the directions on a product, but I will say, for this wipe on poly, don’t sand after the first or second coat. It really does go on so thin, you pretty much sand it clean off without much effort. And, when you do sand between coats, use a very high grit, like 400 or up. And, just lightly sand.

Notes

To get this DIY White and Grey Distressed look on already stained furniture: Clean the furniture with TSP to clean and degrease it. Patch with wood filler (if needed) and sand rough areas smooth with 150-grit sandpaper. Then follow the steps in the video, starting with the vaseline then blue chalk paint. Chalk Paint doesn’t require a primer to stick to stained wood.

To get this look on already painted WOOD furniture: I recommend using CitriStrip Paint Stripper to remove the paint. You can see my DIY steps for stripping paint off furniture here. Then, you can use dark brown gel stain as the first layer over stripped wood, instead of the Danish Oil I use on unfinished wood. And follow the steps in the video, starting with the Vaseline then blue chalk paint. Chalk Paint doesn’t require a primer to stick to stained wood.


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7 thoughts on “DIY White and Grey Distressed Furniture Paint Steps”

  1. WOW, this is gorgeous! Love the color, thanks so much for sharing the tutorial! I’m featuring this post on All About Home this evening. thanks for coming by and joining in!

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