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

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#1 posted 04-28-2013 04:53 PM

“Perfecting imperfection.” I like that, redSLED.

To me, I like it for country-style pieces with soft woods. My thought is that by pre-stressing the piece, you don’t have to worry when the normal dents and dings happen…which inevitably happens with regularity with things like pine and fir. Plus, it’s just part of the rustic look. It doesn’t require and paint or finish to achieve the look, and in fact is likely done with a natural finish topped with wax.

Similar for shaker-like pieces, which an be distressed in a fashion like Lee described…though I like milk paint instead of latex.

Other methods, which look really phony to me, use artificial wormholes and other stresses in combination with a hard film finish of some kind. These often include artificial looking glazes as well. It’s an okay look, but looks too mass-produced and off-the-shelf for my tastes…too manufactured looking.

In short, I think it has its place depending on the goal. But it also allows you to use less-quality lumber in a project, especially for a rustic look.

-- jay,

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