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Make new wood look OLD with this tutorial on how to Weather Wood. Click through for instructions

19th century french table....

wood stain top // blue distressed bottom

faux wood stain door tutorial

DIY distressing wood.

Wood with paint; distressing

There's no reason not to experiment with color on your distressed cabinets. Tans, whites and creams are always a safe bet, but a light French gray is a new neutral. Grays can be cold on occasion, but distressing them so the wood peeks through warms them right up.

After sanding, we did not use primer — we just applied 2 to 3 coats of bright white paint. We did this so we could go crazy with the distressing (mostly done by hand). We wanted a lot of that beautiful old wood to show through. Finally, we applied Fiddes wax (clear) to make sure they could withstand some good wear and tear.

Great tutorial for painting and distressing wood furniture.

Another distressing technique: randomly place masking tape all over sign and pull off before paint is fully cured. (pulls clear to wood in some places which is neat)