Step 3: Sand to Finish

Sand to Finish when faux-finish painting furniture
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Wait two days to allow the paint to dry completely. Using a medium-grit sanding sponge, scuff corners, edges, and details where the piece would naturally show wear, letting the underlayer of paint—and even a bit of raw wood—peek through in spots. Continue until you get the distressed look you want.

TOH Tip: Unless the piece is destined for a damp location, such as a bathroom or a laundry room, don't clear-coat the painted finish. Any added sheen just takes away from the aged look.
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    Tools List

    • Sanding Sponge
      Medium-grit sanding sponge
    • Natural-bristle chip brush
      3 disposable chip brushes

    Shopping List

    1 quart of primer for the interior2 quarts of latex paint for the exterior