I recently tried a new technique for distressing and I wanted to share a tutorial that shows you how to give old black picture frames a distressed look by using a dry brush technique with wood stain. The antique/distressed look is one of the most sought-after looks in design today. Isn’t it ironic that people are buying new decorative pieces that are worn and faded appearing as though they have been passed down from previous generations? Well guess what folks…old is the new NEW and one of my favorite styles. By distressing furniture and decorative pieces you are able to achieve a shabby chic/country cottage look full of character and style. Not to mention, it makes imperfections okay, so you don’t have to freak out if there is an accidental scratch here and there; in fact if anything it will just add more character.

Since I am a huge fan of distressing I am always looking to try new distressing techniques. I recently tried a dry brush technique using a gel based wood stain and LOVE the way it looks, so I decided to use this method on the black Ikea picture frames that I’m using to create a gallery style photo wall and wanted to share a tutorial to show you how.

This method of distressing is the quickest method I’ve tried and gives GREAT results!

Here is what you will need:

  • Piece of furniture (I’m using a picture frame)
  • Wood Stain
  • Cloth/Rag
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Rugged Paint Brush (this is for staining)
  • Paint (I used decor art craft paint for the picture frame)
  • Paint Brush (this is used to apply the paint)

Step 1: Sand all sides of the picture frame, you just need to sand enough to get the outer glaze off so that your paint will stick. Make sure to wipe down your frame prior to painting. As a side note, be sure to wipe up all of the dust with a wet cloth after you are finished sanding, if the dust is left sitting it can be a danger to your health (sorry to digress, I just want to make sure I shared that with everyone)

"Sand prior to Painting"

Step 2: Paint your picture frame (I usually use spray paint but this time I used décor arts craft paint).

"Paint Picture Frame"

Step 3: Once your paint dries apply a you can apply stain.  I used the dry brush technique to apply stain to my picture frame. Start by dipping your paint brush into the stain then wiping it off onto a cloth/rag so your paint brush only has a little stain left on it.

"Wipe off Brush"

Step 4: Apply stain to the picture frame in small sections (as you must wipe off the stain immediately to achieve the antiqued look)

"Brush on Stain"

Step 5: Using a cloth/rag wipe off the stain

"Wipe off excess stain"

This is what it will look like after you’ve applied your stain

"After Applying stain"

Step 6: Using a piece of fine grit sand paper gently sand your entire frame until you have achieved the perfect distressed look

"Sand with fine grit sandpaper"

Step 7: Apply a coat of polyurethane to seal your frame and you are all done!!

"Antique Picture Frame Collection"


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