A few weeks ago I had a few extra minutes during my lunch hour so I stopped off at a local Goodwill store. I didn’t find much, but I did pick up a couple of gold frames.
I thought both of these would make good candidates for using a wet distress technique.
I started by removing the glass and the floral prints from each frame. Then I painted the larger one using two coats of Dixie Belle’s Midnight Sky and the smaller one using two coats of Fluff.
As soon as the paint was dry I used a dampened terry cloth rag (a nubby cloth will work best for this) and simply rubbed paint off the raised surfaces.
It’s that easy.
Here are a couple of tips on wet distressing.
First, it works best on surfaces like this that have a raised design that you want to highlight.
Second, it’s a great choice when you want to distress down to another layer (in this case, the original gold of the frames) without going down to the wood underneath. You’ll have a bit more control over that with wet distressing as opposed to sandpaper.
Third, it works best on paint that has just dried. The longer you give the paint to cure, the harder it will be to wet distress.
Finally, it works best with a chalk style paint like Dixie Belle because this kind of paint is ‘reactivated’ with water (again, before it has had too much time to cure).
Another great benefit of wet distressing is that it doesn’t create any dust, which makes it perfect for winter indoor work (especially if you work in your living room like I do).
You can reveal as little or as much of the base color as you like. And if you remove too much paint, just put more paint back on over it and try again.
When you achieve the look you were going for, simply add a coat of clear wax for protection and call it good.
I kept the original floral print in the smaller frame.
But I changed out the print in the larger frame. I didn’t care for the red floral that came with it, so I went with this Eiffel Tower print instead.
What do you think? An improvement?
Have you tried wet distressing? Or do you have any other techniques that you are partial to? If so, I’d love to hear about them in the comments.
As always, thank you to Dixie Belle for providing the paint used on these frames.
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