This is the easiest distressing technique ever and I'm going to share every little detail with you.
I promised you guys a tutorial on the “ pink chest with an edge “ featured in a post last week. Well, today is the day. You might be surprised when you see how I “distressed” the paint to get the black details.
Use A Layering Block For A Distressed Paint Finish
A look at the chest before I began painting.
The chest was a freebie from one of our neighbors. As you can see the runners were a complete disaster.
The JTS (hubby, aka Junktion Technical Specialist) made new runners. He’s the greatest. There were a couple of runners that were salvageable but the others are brand spanking new. Thanks honey.
The paint is Ceramcoat by Delta and the color is Cameo Rose. The paint is chalky and coverage was great. That one small jar did the job.
I painted the original wood knobs with Raven color Ceramcoat.
Now for the fun part. I used the FolkArt Home Decor Layering Block (find the block here) to do the “distressing”. The paint on this piece is not really distressed. The black paint is applied on top of the pink paint with the layering block.
I turned the block upside down and used a sponge brush to apply a very thin coat of black paint to the block
Then I ran the layering block all over the edges of the dresser, hitting all the pretty details. I brushed more paint on the layering block as needed. I cannot tell you how easy this technique is!
I’ve had the layering block for a few months and really didn’t think I would use it to get the “distressed” look. I was skeptical about how well it would work.
When I was at Plaid Crafts headquarters a couple of weeks ago I had a chance to see the process in action. I have to tell you that even looking closely at the paint it’s hard to tell that the black is sitting on top of the pink paint.
It really looks like the pink paint was distressed and the black paint is underneath the pink. The whole layering block process took no time at all and no messy stuff from sanding.
I will definitely use the layering block in the future. Probably a lot. I was so excited when I was using the layering block...... I kept talking to myself because I just had to tell someone about the block….and no one else was there.
The last time I used the layering block I made a video! You can see it below.....
I finished the chest with Ceramcoat clear wax applied using a soft link free cloth. Can you tell by looking at the photos that the paint is not distressed? I made a video using the layering block and a bottle brush to distress and antique furniture. See the project here.....How To Paint Problem Furniture.
Find the Layering Block here.
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com