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Distressing Furniture

Old things come back in style and for furniture that is certainly true - old is in! People pay top dollar for vintage and retro pieces of furniture. We think our original furniture is fabulous, and built to last, but you may want to create your own “distressed” Palmer Snyder furniture. Check out these tips below*:

Your Palmer Snyder plywood table is delivered stained and coated with a water-based Polyurethane which keeps the colors looking great and prevent yellowing.


    Portable Event FurnitureDistress Marks:
    Achieving a worn look can be as easy as adding dings and scratches. This process can also be a great stress reliever! Grab some chains and let’s work out some of that pent-up aggression! You will need any combination of a claw hammer, a prybar, a heavy chain or a screw.

    Throwing a chain at wood gives you those elliptical dents. Dragging the sharp edges of a pry bar across wood gives it some deep grooves. Set a screw on its side and lightly hammer it into the wood. Finally, a few random hammer marks here and there finish off the worn look.

    Portable Event FurnitureSanding through layers:
    Sanding is a great way to add age. You will need a power sander, sand paper, a dust mask and a dust rag.

    You’ll get the best results using 150 grit sand paper (but use whatever you have on hand). Attach it to your power sander and work in areas that would normally get a lot of use or abuse. Start gently at first with your sander. You don’t want to take off too much. You can always take off more if you need to! Using the power sander experiment with different grits to get different looks. Corners and edges of furniture usually take more abuse. Table center is a good place to show signs of wear. Be sure to move the sander around and be random rather than symmetrical.

    Portable Event FurnitureSpattering:
    Another easy technique is adding paint or stain spatters. Be sure to wear protective clothing so you don’t get spattered. You will need rubber gloves, Dark Stain (like Minwax Red Mahogany or Minwax Early American) a foam brush and something to tap against (like a screwdriver or stick).

    Dip the foam brush into the stain and wipe off any excess. Gently tap the brush on a stick or handle of something sturdy. Don’t wipe the stain off. Let it dry a little then dab up any excess.


    Portable Event FurnitureGlazing:
    If the permanency of stain scares you, a more forgiving way to give your object an antique tone is to use a glaze. You will need a chip brush, a clean dry rag and glaze in brown and gray tones. Glazes add depth and dimension to furniture that has a detailed profile like turned legs. But they can also be used on our tables.

    Brush on the glaze (again use a ratty, almost dry brush.) Push more glaze into gouges and crevices to show off the details. Wipe off any excess with a clean dry rag. The glaze stays wet longer than wood stains so it can be wiped off immediately if you make a mistake. It may take a while to build up the glaze and you may need more than a coat of paint to give it an attractive new look. You can add black glaze for pretty gray tones.

    When working with black glaze, use the same technique of wiping on and blotting off. The black glaze gives you more gray tones. Wipe off any excess immediately with a dry rag. If you desire darker wood repeat painting and wiping off the excess.

    Two favorite stains for aging are Minwax Red Mahogany and Minwax Early American, but any dark color stain would work just as well.


    Protective Coating: Once you have achieved the distressed look you like, put a protective coating over your furniture. Some prefer using Minwax Oil-Based Polyurethane. which adds the perfect age to furniture. (If you use new oil-based poly, it will yellow in a few years). If you don’t like the yellowing effect, stick to Minwax Satin Polycrylic.


    *These are suggestions, not intended to be recommendations, so please proceed at your own discretion.

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