Jun 23, 2014

Distressed aging

Yes that applies to me.  But I'm referring to the cabinet doors that I finished.  How do you age them without using sandpaper?  If I want only the edges worn, what's the trick so the surrounding paint finish isn't damaged by the paper?  I tried folding it and using the block but it was still too tricky with a satin finish paint.  So I tried a knife. 
 
So far, so good.  I want more of a chipped look rather than the smooth and obvious even sanding.  I decided not to age as much as I originally planned but that may change.  To wear edges only, I held the blade at a steep angle so it only touches the edge, and used the blade tip to scrape more on corners. It's worked very well on this hard wood (oak) but on a softer wood it may gouge if done with too much pressure.  But at least I know I can add more aging later without worrying about ruining the finish.  I think I may coat them all with clear water based polyurethane for added protection.



My ingenious method of painting mitered corners.  I didn't know how to do the corner without having a crosshatch pattern of brush strokes.  Perfect!  I waited 6 hours for the paint to dry before taping the other edge to complete all 4 sides.
Many of you asked about sawdust.  I get it at my local lumber store (not the big box stores) or out of the bottom of our table saw.  Check with custom woodworking or cabinet shops.  Dominic said I could have his, but he uses a lot of plywood which is laminated with glue.  Truus said that she sometimes uses sharp sand or one that is used for bird cages.  I saw sand at the pet store for reptiles and may give it a try.
And Squeak got his pill today.  He only eats a little and then stops, his stomach must hurt, but I used Melinda's suggestion for tuna, only a little with the pill, and down it went.  I hope he kept it all down and it helps him.  And speaking of cats, that's what I'm stitching. 
 
Have a great day!
Thanks for visiting.
 
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13 comments:

Jeanne said...

Excellent suggestion on painting mitered corners...I'll have to try that. Can't wait to see the kitchen completed. Happy Summer!

diamondc said...

I hate sandpaper I think when I finish a stool I will try the knife technique, thank-you for sharing this idea, good luck I look forward to seeing your finished cabinets.

Blessings
Catherine

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Cricket-bug Corner said...

Thinking about painting makes me dizzy lol. Great corners! Hope the kitty is ok!

cucki said...

Looking a tricky job :)
Big hugs to all x

Anonymous said...

rub a candle on the edge you want to distress - wax resists paint

Vickie said...

Good ol' tuna. That is how my mom caught all the kittens. Just can't catch that mama cat. Too smart!

Anonymous said...

The cabinet door looks great! I'd say you definitely have the technique down pat. I can't wait to see more. Thanks for the tips. I'm so glad Squeak took his pill. Hoping for a smooth recovery for him. Take care and have a great week.

Margaret said...

You are so clever with the painting and distressing! I'm impressed! Fingers crossed on that pill staying down and helping Squeak.

Catherine said...

Love the edges and the color!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Don't think it would work once the paint is totally dry Marly, but I often use a brown paper bag (lunch bag) to 'sand' paint finishes for a distressed look just before the paint cures. It just takes off a bit of paint and if you get the timing just right you can get some small 'chunks' coming off for the chipped look you are looking for. Great tip for painting the miters and so glad Squeak ate the pill, hope it helps the wee guy.

Truus said...

Great idea for painting mitered corners! It looks wonderfull.
I'll try the sawdust next time for my pincushion.
succes with Kitty&painting
greetings,Truus from the Netherlands

Maggee said...

You are ever busy! Cabinets are going to look great! Can't wait till you are finished, and can relax... Hugs!

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