Behr Semi-Gloss Water Based Paint in Mermaid Treasure
Valspar Tintable Glazing Medium
150 Grit Sandpaper
Brushes and Rags
Start by painting the Behr Mermaid Treasure over the project. To bring out the distressed edges, try staining part of the project with the Minwax Gunstock.
Brooke stained the top pieces, painted the main console part for a nice contrast.
Now comes the hard part ... This now is the most difficult step.
Let the paint dry.
I know it's hard - but just let it dry completely. If you sand too early, the paint will come off in chunks - not giving you that time worn distressed feel.
Projects that work well for distressing are ones that have lots of edges to distress! So look over you project at the edges - the most likely spots for wear - and lightly distress with 150 grit sandpaper. A sanding block works well - avoid using a power sander and over distressing your project.
If you did the sample block, distress edges until you are happy.
When you are happy with the distressing, remove all sanding debris and wipe clean with a damp cloth. Let dry completely.
Next you need to make your glaze. Brooke used Valspar Tintable Glazing Medium, with a ratio of 4:1. If you want it darker, use 3:1, always with glaze in the higher amount. You don’t need a lot of stain to make the glaze dark.
Test the glaze on your sample scrap block.