Post # 1
I am not creative nor handy but I love distressed furniture and want to try it with my spare bedroom headboard. I have no clue where to start. The headboard is not real wood, and it’s finished black, I want to make it offwhite and distress.
Anyone ever done this before and have advice on how to do it? I found something online how to do it but it was really complex and confusing!
Post # 3
How distressed? Dings and imperfections stressed or just sanded down in spots distressed (to look old and worn).
Do you have any pictures of pieces you like?
Post # 4
it is a little bit harder to make white look distressed. i have only done it once.
what i would do is sand the crap out of the headboard. then, just paint it the color white that you want. after that you should sand it (hand sander), and even try hitting it with a chain. i know it sounds weird, but a heavy chain adds the perfect size and shape of dings and dents for a good distressed look.
the hard part about doing distressed white over top of black, is that in many places the black might show through. it would be better if it was woodgrain underneath.
i just did my coffee table distressed black. i sanded it, painted it black, and then beat it up with a metal chain. after that, i painted a thin layer of beige over it, and then wiped it with a cloth while it was still wet. it filled all the dings and cracks with the beige color (conteasted the black) and it looks so cool!
Post # 5
I like the sanded down look, the problem is I have mis matched pieces, I have the black sleigh bed, and then cherry real wood dresser and night stand. So I thought by distressing the headboard it will look more chic and fun. I do have some pics, but no clue how to attach pics here???
Post # 6
If its not wood, what is it made out of? I think the distressed look you want will look better with wood
Post # 7
Thanks MissDareDevil, do you have any pics you can show? I am not opposed to keeping the black, I just dont know what will look best with the rest of the mis matched pieces! white or black?
Post # 8
I have distresses many pieces like you are talking about. It is very simple just time consuming. Black works very well as an under color. It is much easier to distress it white since it is already black.
Otherwise you would have to repaint it. Just be careful when sanding it sice it isn’t really wood. If you compromise it to much it starts to crumble. If you have questions feel free to PM me. I love the country cottage look!