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How to Distress Furniture without Sanding. This DIY Makeover is so FUN!

Learn how to easy makeover furniture in 3 easy steps. You can make furniture look antique and vintage without any sanding.
Learn how to easy makeover furniture in 3 easy steps. You can make furniture look antique and vintage without any sanding.

Hey guys! I hope you are having a happy Monday and had an amazing weekend. This weekend was crazy for us we had so much going on. During summer I always love to go yard selling. It’s seriously so much fun. A lot of my furniture is from yard sales. Giving furniture a quick paint job it gives it a new life.

This distressing technique is the easiest one you will ever see!

I will teach you a favorite technique I use regularly to distress furniture without any sanding. You can turn a regular piece of furniture into an antique lookalike. It’s seriously the best way to distress something. Why wait for 50 years for something to become weathered and old when you can make it look like that in a few short minutes!

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Let’s show y’all this amazing distressing technique and get down to business!!! Once you do it you will want to use this technique all the time!

If you aren’t in the mood to go yard sales, or flea markets?? Don’t worry you don’t have to!

Because I am sure you have something around your house that you have been dying to give a makeover to. Something that no longer fits your design taste, for instance.

The best part about this technique you won’t need any sandpaper. But you will need a bit of time to spare one afternoon to give that furniture a new life.

So here I am going show you step by step how you can turn a regular stool or really any piece of wood furniture into an old antique looking item without any sanding. There are only a few steps and will only take you a few minutes to do. Trust me, after this you will want to give a quick makeover to literally EVERYTHING in your house! 🙂


I have had this stool forever honestly and thought it was so ugly so I wanted to give it a makeover.



So I began by painting the stool white. Milk paint or chalk paint isn’t something I would recommend for this project. I just used white acrylic paint and it worked perfect. I’ve painted so many projects with milk paint and chalk paint and I love them! But because you are painting so many layers it won’t work out for this technique.

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Carefully I painted the entire stool to make sure I didn’t miss any of it. So be expecting the first layer to take the longest. The end result won’t look as good if you don’t take your time in the beginning.



You will want to paint a couple coats.



Painting a light brown streak on the edges using the paint color Brown Sugar once the white coats were dry.

Experimenting when crafting is something I love to do! So I have used a million shades of paint when distressing. I love the way light brown sugar color looked under the white layers.

Then I painted the edges where the stool would naturally start paint chipping. Using my finger and smudged down along the sides.

I found that using my finger made the “distress” look more natural!





I didn’t paint the entire edge. Just taking the brush up and down to create streaks that were about 3 inches long. Each leg had two or three streaks on it. Which turned out to the perfect look.



Once I painted all the leg edges brown, then I coated the top of the stool brown.





I let it dry for a few minutes once the top of the stool was completely brown.


After you have let your stool dry you will want to use White Elmer’s Glue to paint on the top of the stool.



I had to make sure it was evenly coated and all the paint was in the same direction.


You will want to pay attention. This part is super important, because it will peel in the direction it’s painted.



Then I painted the stool with glue I painted a coat of white paint on top while the glue was still wet. You need to make sure the paint hasn’t dried.



After the last coat of paint was covering the entire top I brought my blow dryer out and started to blow dry the paint and glue coats.



Once I saw that the white top coat start peeling away I knew the distressing stage was beginning. I started to see the brown layer through. The stool needs to sit for a couple hours to make sure it was 100% dry.

Distressing isn’t always perfect. We make mistakes! So don’t stress if it didn’t turn out the wait you wanted. Just try again!

You won’t believe how easy it is to start a project over to by painting over again!




Here is the finished project!

I love the way the stool turned out. It looks so pretty! I told you once you try this easy distressing technique you will want to give a quick makeover to all the things in your house!

If you want to see how I made these pretty shabby chic books you can see it HERE.




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