Time-worn Distressing

I'm sharing a little tip with you regarding distressing. Most just think of distressing as something you do to the piece to give a faux-worn look after it's been painted.

But what about the stenciling? We don't want the stencil to look new when the piece is made to look old. Yet, there is a bit of a trick to make it look genuinely time-worn.

I demonstrate on a piece I'm doing for my DD, Jillian.

It started out black - a very poor paint job by the prior owner. I sanded it, painted it with a couple of different Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors, did a little sanding again with hardly any repair of bumps and bruises that naturally came along with years of use. I'm going for an Old-world look.

But the real-deal Old-world look comes AFTER the stencil.

I picked one of the colors of ASCP already on the piece, stenciled and waited 30-60 minutes before I distressed.

When I say it's "Not dry" I mean it's dry to the touch but not fully dry. This way it's very easy to take off just the right amount to look truly genuinely tie-worn. You can see my method in the video.