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DIY Shabby Distressed Paint Finish – Vintage Look

I’m so in love with this DIY Shabby Distressed Paint Finish. Here’s how to get that perfect Vintage Paint Look!

DIY Shabby Distressed Paint Finish

I love happy accidents. Don’t you? This DIY Shabby Distressed Paint Finish was absolutely a happy accident.

I started this paint makeover thinking I was giving this DIY Wood Toy Box a crackle finish. BUT, the crackle product I bought completely failed.

Luckily, sanding all of that off created this beautiful vintage, rustic, shabby distressed paint finish, that I absolutely love!

And, I can tell you exactly how to create this pretty vintage paint finish with just 7 easy steps! The key is to pick 3+ colors you really love together. Then layer them up in interesting ways.

Any edges, corners, molding, or other details on your furniture would look more interesting with multiple layers of paint colors.

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You Can Chalk Paint Your Furniture Hardware Too

Painting the hardware is another way to add to that new painted furniture look. You can always paint your hardware with layers of chalk paint too or go for a metal look paint finish.

I used 3 pulls I saved from that 70’s style dresser I cut in half to make my powder room vanity and cute toy storage.

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First I rubbed gold rub n buff on my hardware, but didn’t love the gold on it’s own.

So, I covered most of the gold with Folk Art Antique Copper to match the copper on the chest. With just a bit of the gold showing through, the pulls now look vintage and beautiful too.

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OK, let’s start this DIY Shabby Distressed Paint Finish tutorial, guys.

Materials Used

How to Get a Shabby Chic Paint Finish

If any of the written steps below are confusing, you can see all of the steps in this video.

Step by Step Shabby Distressed Paint Finish

If you are starting with unfinished or stripped furniture, start with step one. If you are starting with already stained furniture, lightly san it and give it a clean with TSP before starting with Step Four.

Step One

I started by distressing my wood with a hammer and very small gauge screwdriver. Just to give the wood more character.

My oldest thought this was the coolest part of the entire DIY Shabby Distressed Paint Finish project! I let him swing the hammer a few times. 🙂

Step Two

Sand the wood with 150-grit sandpaper, then clean off all dust with a tack cloth or clean rag.

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Step Three

Apply a coat of Danish Oil to stain the wood a darker color. It also soaks in to seal and harden the wood a bit.

I let that dry, then followed up with a coat of a water-based Polycrylic. This just helps to protect that stained wood from being sanded bare, accidentally.

Step Four – Apply Accent Colors

Apply the paint colors you picked for your shabby distressed paint finish, in whatever pattern you think will look good on your furniture.

Let it completely dry between coats. Layer more than one color in multiple places to give the wood a more vintage vibe.

Step Five – Apply Main Top Color

I used the blue paint as my main color. I applied it in step four on most of my Toy Chest. After all of the paint dried from step four, I applied a coat of that blue over all of the wood again. Let all of that paint dry and cure overnight.

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This layered paint look might be my new obsession. I’ll definitely have to try it again, soon.

Step Six

I wet my fine grit sanding sponge, squeezed it out and scrubbed the entire outside of the chest. On some spots I scrubbed harder and longer to reveal more layers.

How much to sand and where is kind of a gut-feel thing. Go with what you like to get a distressed look you love. I had to rinse out the sponge more than a dozen times to clean off the built up paint.

Step Seven

When you’ve finished distressing. Wipe the wood with a damp cloth. Let that dry. Then seal everything with 2 coats of an untinted finishing wax or a matte finish water-based Polycrylic.

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You can see how I mainly used teal on the bottom of the toy box and the wood accent pieces.
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I used copper on the accent pieces, on corners and edges, and near the hardware.
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You can see more of the paint layering details in the video above. Good luck with your makeover!!

That’s it for this DIY Shabby Distressed Paint Finish tutorial.

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Feeling inspired? Now that you’ve seen this DIY Shabby Distressed Paint Finish tutorial, you can do it too. Let me know if you have questions.

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Sarah @ The DIY Mommy

Friday 27th of September 2019

Wow! This looks great and I LOVE that blue. So many great tips to share. Thanks!

Stephanie

Saturday 28th of September 2019

Thanks so much, Sarah!

Christine

Tuesday 24th of September 2019

I really love the shabby distressed look of the toy box!! I need to try doing that finish, thanks for the instructions!

Stephanie

Thursday 3rd of October 2019

Thanks so much, Christine!

Lisa | Handmade in Israel

Sunday 22nd of September 2019

Looks great! Love the colour too. #TFT

Stephanie

Thursday 3rd of October 2019

Thanks so much, Lisa!

Linda on Poinsettia Drive

Wednesday 18th of September 2019

Thank you for sharing on the Classy Flamingos. We love having you.

Stephanie

Thursday 19th of September 2019

Thanks so much, Linda!

Marie

Wednesday 18th of September 2019

Gotta love those unplanned surprises that oftentimes are gifts in disguise. Love the colors and distressing goodness of this toy box. Pinned :)

Stephanie

Wednesday 18th of September 2019

Thanks so much, Marie! I'm so excited that you liked it too!

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