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Upcycle old furniture with contrasting colours
Create a distressed paint effect on old furniture by layering paint and rubbing it back. Here I have used gold as the undercoat so that the distressed areas really glint through the chalky blue paint. See this project and more images on my blog Cassiefairy.com

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  • How to make a chair. Furniture Upcycling Project   Distressed Paint Effect - Step 1
    Step 1

    Lightly sand the surface of the chair and wipe clean. Allow to dry fully before starting to paint.

  • How to make a chair. Furniture Upcycling Project   Distressed Paint Effect - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cover the chair in the undercoat paint - here I've chosen to use gold paint.

  • How to make a chair. Furniture Upcycling Project   Distressed Paint Effect - Step 3
    Step 3

    Thrifty tip - You can just paint the areas that you intend to expose - such as fronts of the legs, top of the chair, back support etc. Alternatively, cover the whole chair with the undercoat paint so that you can decide which parts to rub back later.

  • How to make a chair. Furniture Upcycling Project   Distressed Paint Effect - Step 4
    Step 4

    Once the undercoat paint has completely dried, cover the entire piece of furniture with the top coat of paint. Allow to dry.

  • How to make a chair. Furniture Upcycling Project   Distressed Paint Effect - Step 5
    Step 5

    Thrifty Tip - Use an old kitchen scouring pad to rub away the top layer of paint and expose the colour beneath. This will save you having to buy wire wool for the job!

  • How to make a chair. Furniture Upcycling Project   Distressed Paint Effect - Step 6
    Step 6

    I recommend rubbing down the chair outdoors to stop the top layer of paint covering your home with a fine coat of paint powder!

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