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Posted on To distress or not to distress....

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#1 posted 04-28-2013 04:52 PM

“Properly done” distressing can give a newly made piece more “character” – more so with painted pieces. This is easier to achieve with hand-made solid wood furniture.

Like noted above by Lee Barker, I have my own set of ‘special distressing tools and processes’ to use whenever a customer or designer wants something ‘new but old-looking’ with nice patina, weathered look, etc., blablabla. Hint: I have an authentic 20-year old standard ball pein hammer in my ‘distressing arsenal’.

Some of my most satisfying laughter comes when I see really badly done distressed sprayed-on-finish MDF factory pieces at big box stores. The air-pettet gun fake worm holes and flicked-on black paint fake insect poop are my favourites. I just hope they keep doing it for years to come.

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