How to Distress Furniture with a Sander and Velvet Finishes Paints

Distressing with an electric sander can be intimidating but watch how simple it really is! After sanding, Kellie glazes this piece with Enhance Dark Glaze from Velvet Finishes.


Hi I’m Kelly Smith, author of Design Asylum blog and creator of Velvet Finishes paint.

Today’s project we are going to take this cute little table that I found in a flea market. I think I paid 40 bucks for it — not much.

I’ve painted it two colors and we’re going to heavily distress it and I’m going to glaze it. So that’s what our project
today is about.

I painted this little piece with Rococo and Timeless and it’s seen better days. I don’t know if you can see this but it’s
been nailed into. I don’t know what someone did to this poor little piece but if you notice I didn’t do a perfect
job around the edge when I painted it. I knew that I was going to distress it and I mentioned before that if I know I’m gonna distress or glaze I don’t necessarily care about the paint job being just perfect cuz I’m gonna take it off anyway.

So let’s get started. I’ve got my Rio be sander which I just absolutely love. This is the corner cat sander super easy it’s easy to keep clean. Just dump your bag doesn’t make a big mess.

And what I’m going to do is this piece has some great architectural detail to it so I’m gonna really hit this and then really take down the edges and then we’re going to come back and we’re going to put a really pretty dark glaze over it and it’s going to look like a different piece.

Here we go all…

All right that didn’t take very long did it?

Now we talked about sanding in aprevious video but I’m going to remind you of some things when you’re using a sander be sure to give it enough pressure. If you don’t you get this little circular pattern that it can make from the sanding pad and it is not getting all the way through so just put some pressure to it sand it like you mean it.

And we’re going to give it a little spin and just make sure that we have it sanded down as much as we want. I’m going to wipe it off so I can really tell. I’ve got a damp cloth inside of another rag. I don’t want it to be wet so I wet this one and then I put it inside another one to wipe it down.

I’m going to show you on the top I had painted a little bit of the white underneath on the edge and a couple little places so you can see it coming through. It just gives it that aged patina. It’s been painted multiple times. I love a layered look.

And other than that we’re going down to the finish of the wood and then all the way down to the wood so in some areas you can see four colors which I really like.

So after we wipe it down we’re going to give it a good glance over and make sure we have it sanded as much as we want if we do after that we’ll start glazing.

So we’re gonna glaze now. I’ve got the Enhanced Dark Glaze and I’m going to start with the top and work my way down to the bottom. All you need is a chip brush just a cheap chip brush. There a dollar. And a rag to wipe it off with.

So we’ll start. You don’t need to overload your brush but you do want to get enough on there that it’s not too opaque when you put it on you want to give it a good amount. Because you’re gonna rub it off and if you’ve got any architectural detail you want to be sure to get it down in there.

And I’m gonna get about half of this done before I start rubbing off now when you glaze remember I always say be sure to keep your tails in your hand you don’t want to have big streaks that you didn’t mean to make but when you glaze you need to go straight.

I always talk about how the paint you can slap it on with glaze you do not make circular
motions it will show and it does not look good so you want to go in good straight lines we’re not doing the Miss America wave or anything like that we’re doing good straight lines.

Alright it’s looking good. Overlap just slide them out where you left off before with your
glaze and when you start rubbing it back off. You want to start at your seam. So we’re going to lightly pull where they joined and remember you can always add more but if you decide it’s not dark enough. A nd I highly recommend that you wait. Let it dry before you make that decision. You don’t want to pull it back off.

So see it’s starting to dry. And I love the way the glaze just makes the color look so rich.

Okay so when I hit the sides and I’m not going to worry about getting it all over the complete side this has a rib in it. I don’t know if you can pick that up on camera but there’s a rib in it. So what I’m going to do is I’m just going to load some of it up onto the piece. And I’m gonna let my rag really do the glazing on this rather than the brush. You can actually glaze with the rag but it’s a little bit easier if you just add it with the chip brush first.

So we just keep working. Keep going. Make sure it’s in those grooves. So look I’m using my left hand. I’m right-handed.

Okay we’re gonna start on our legs. I’m gonna start in the center and work out.

I think it’s gorgeous! what do you think?

So we painted this little table with Timeless on top Rococo on bottom. We heavily distress with our EOB sander we glazed with the dark glaze and the glaze acts as a sealer.

So we’ve talked before about how if you have a piece of furniture that you set things on top of a lot you might want to put polyurethane on it. You don’t really need to do that if you use the glaze. You can but you don’t necessarily
have to because the glaze acts as a sealer itself.

And as you can see this is already dry. Super-quick! Literally you can put this in your house in just a little while it’ll be good and cured and and ready to go. You don’t have to go through all that overnight drying and all that.

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