This was my first attempt at distressing furniture. I read up on techniques on Miss Mustard Seed's blog in preparation - it was very helpful.
I started off with these 1980's style barstools.
First step was to stand them and then paint them a creamy white. I used a sample I received from Valspar - Blizzard Fog.
Next step was to paint the design, using a stencil. Once it dried, I used a dry brush to paint a bit of white over the design to make it look a bit more worn.
I then sanded it again, hitting the spots that would get the most wear - the edges, the bars along the bottom.
Then I used Dark Walnut Stain, brushed it on then wiped it off with an old rag.
Last step was to seal with a couple of coats of Minwax Polycrylic (water based).
Linked up to Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Friday.
And Primitive & Proper.