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

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#1 posted 04-28-2013 10:13 PM

I build a lot of replica colonial furniture. I like the distressed look on those pieces providing it looks authentic and not overdone. Beyond what has been discussed already, I have even been known to take a wood burning tool and burn worm tracks and worm holes in the wood too…especially if it is the type of wood that worm holes/tracks are often found. If the piece is supposed to look old and used, I would do the distressing. If not, then leave it alone. Choose your distress points carefully so they are in areas where distressing could possibly occur over time. I think however, if the piece has a lot of natural wood grain, the distressing can sometimes detract from its natural beauty.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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