First blog although this project is pretty far along…
I have recieved a commission to build a dining room table and matching coffee table for a friend and client. The material is knotty pine and will be finished in an antique honey pine as in here. (see “Staining Pine: Make this Humble Wood Look Like A Million Bucks; American Woodworker Present Guide To Finishing, winter 2007/2008 edition, page 52). That handles the issue of splotchy/blotchy staining on pine.
However, the client really wants this to have the “country kitchen” look and has expressed a desire for the finish to include “distressing”. The gave me an example here. My question has to do with how to “apply” this distressing.
All of my experience has been at trying to get as perfect a finish as possible, not the other way. I suspect “distressing” is much harder than it looks. Would appreciate any thoughts anyone has in this area!
-- Dan in Dallas