Take this ornate dresser. The detailed areas were originally painted gold, while the rest of the wood was dark brown. With so much detail, the gold highlights on all the ornate detail were a bit overbearing.
Refinishing furniture in a neutral color provided a more uniform look, while black glaze highlighted the detail in a way that wasn’t too bold.
There is something that just doesn’t seem right about beating a piece of furniture with a chain!
I’d heard it could be done to distress furniture, but something in me cringed at the idea. It just didn’t seem right!
Maybe it’s the idea of the damage done being irreversible. Once the harm is inflicted, there’s no going back. Yet as I’ve learned, banged up furniture is often what makes the painted and glazed look come to life.
How I did it
So I give in, and bought two feet of heavy duty chain at Home Depot. Then I pondered which piece would by my victim. The passed over Queen Anne end table, on top of which I had refinished countless other end tables, was my choice.
I’m a newbie to this, so it still seems very strange to think that I beat this piece. What made me do it was the potential of what could be. Afterwards, it’s nice cherry finish was dinged up, with little pot marks all over the place.
Next came white primer, followed by Lime Green paint. Then Black Glaze, and man did it make those dings pop! When the piece was distressed, all the colors–including the original wood finish and white primer–came together to create a fantasic rustic finish. It’s almost hard to imagine the original table could take on this look!
SOLD: Vintage chest of drawers and nightstand. Painted Black, with linear distressing and newly added hardware (drawers previously had none). With this major transformation, this set looks great with its updated modern look. Made by Basset, these are high quality pieces. All wood dovetail drawers that are deep and with lots of storage. Chest measures 43″ tall, 34″ wide, 18″ deep. Nightstand 24″ tall, 18″ wide, 15″ deep.