How to Distress Wood

While many homeowners want their wood furniture to have a brand new, flawless appearance, the use of weathered and distressed wood products has become an increasingly popular trend.

How to Distress Wood

Submitted by Swiss Valley Furniture on Sun, 09/18/2016 - 3:37am

While many homeowners want their wood furniture to have a brand new, flawless appearance, the use of weathered and distressed wood products has become an increasingly popular trend. But how is this vintage look created? There are several methods that are used to achieve a rustic style.

 

Hand distressing is a popular way to make your furniture look weathered and distressed. There are multiple ways to create different looks. Using a hand planer is a great way to create ridge lines in the furniture, without them being clean. After doing this you can either leave the ridges as is, rough, or you can take sand paper and give the ridge lines a smooth rolling feel.

Other things you can do by hand is wearing the edges with sand paper, for a medium distressed look or a hatchet to give it a rough sawn look. Doing it this will give the piece a heavy distressed look. Taking a wire brush is also another way to get a unique distressed look.

Mechanical distressing is used to mimic the appearance of rough-sawn or wear-damaged wood. Cutting the wood’s surface with an older framing blade is perfect for achieving the rough-sawn look, while chisel tips and scratch awls are typically used to add stylistic scratches and nicks to achieve a worn appearance on doors and other wood products.

It’s best to exercise caution with any of these methods for distressing and weathering wood (or better yet, leave the work to the pros). Different types of wood may react differently to these techniques, which is why it is always a good idea to use a test piece prior to attempting to alter the appearance of your wood products. If you love the distressed look, let Swiss Valley Furniture be the ones to create a timeless piece for you.