I have had the urge to paint and distress something for awhile now. I absolutely adore how rustic it looks and how each two pieces are never the same. Initially I had been wanting to paint our kitchen cabinets but the husband nearly killed me. So I decided to settle for distressing our bedroom furniture instead to give it a little makeover. These cute stamped farmhouse books were my inspiration.
For those who are new here, Joanna Gaines is pretty much my spirit animal. Like Jo I get these grand ideas and hubby well he’s like the Chip to my Jo, he makes it happen! It came out great and it was super easy! I shared pieces of the process on my Instagram stories and so many people had been asking for a tutorial so here it is.
Here are my tips for distressing your bedroom furniture.
First you will need:
- Chalkpaint or Rust-Oleum light color kit (I’ve seen lots of tutorials using chalkpaint and after doing some research I decided to use the Ruse-Oleum cabinet kit because it is a little more durable and doesn’t wear as easily)
- Palm sander
- Sand paper (I used 120 grit and 220 grit for the distressing)
- Paint brush
- *** If not using the Rust-Oleum kit you will also need a clear wax.
Step one: First remove all the hardware with a screwdriver.
Step two: Lightly sand all surfaces of the furniture with 120 grit sand paper. We also used a palm sander which made it much easier. This will give the paint something to stick to. When sanding, sand in the direction of the grain of the wood.
Step three: Wipe down the furniture with a damp cloth or towel to remove any of the sawdust particles.
Step four: Once the furniture is dry, paint with either your chalkpaint or according to step 2 of the Rustoleum kit if using the kit. We did two coats. Then let dry.
Step five: Using sand paper (we used 220 grit for this part), lightly sand/distress the corners and edges of furniture until you receive the worn look you want.
Step six: Clean all surfaces again with a microfiber cloth.
Step seven: Apply the lacquer included in step 4 of the kit. If not using the kit, apply a clear wax. This will serve as a protective coat. When applying the lacquer or wax, you do not want to over brush, apply in long passes. Let dry in a cool area.
Step eight: Replace all of the hardware
We went a step further and reupholstered the headboard and footboard of the bed.
For the re-upholstery you will need:
- Fabric of your choice for reupholstering
- Stapler Gun
- 3M Spray Glue
- An old credit card
- New razor blades
Step one: Cut all of your fabric to the appropriate size you are looking to cover.
Step two: Stable the fabric to the bottom edge first.
Step three: Using the spray glue, spray the entire area you are going to cover.
Step four: Pull the fabric from the bottom up to cover the area.
Step five: Using a credit card, go side to side to smooth out the fabric and any wrinkles.
Step six: Using the stapler, finish stapling the remaining three sides.
Step seven: With the razor blade go around the edges and trim the fabric to your liking. I left mine a little unfinished to give it more of a rustic look.
I completed the look by adding these stamped books for a farmhouse vibe.
Be sure to check out my master bathroom makeover here