Distressing is a great way to add a more lived-in and shabby chic style to your furniture. It’s also fun & affordable way to revamp and upcycle furniture you already have laying around that needs a little love. 



If you don’t want to deal with the messiness of using stains, Thrifty and Chic’s method is simple and easy to do! All you need is some sandpaper to distress the wood, some white chalk paint to add a bit of a whitewashed look, and a furniture pen for some fun metallic accents along the edges!


When re-purposing old furniture, paint can really be your best friend. Sometimes all you need to bring your furniture back to life is a fresh coat of paint and some color. Using various colors of chalk paint, a paint specially formulated to be used without a primer and add a matte texture to it’s surface, can turn your furniture into a unique work of art. Mak & Jill did just that to this beautifully repurposed and distressed bar console.



Using a dry brush technique with a hand-mixed paint color is a great way to give your piece of furniture a handmade, vintage style. Just lightly and swiftly sweep your desired paint color across a dresser, without worrying about adding an even coat all around. The streaks caused by this technique reveal a glimpse of the wood color underneath the paint, thus giving it a worn out, shabby chic kind of look. Cottage Insticts’ handpainted dresser with a color she mixed herself, is rejuvenated through the bold robin’s egg blue contrasting the tobacco color of the wood underneath.


Clockwise from top left: Harkin Red Accent ChestAquias Hand-Painted Accent ChestRyon Weathered TV ConsoleAxelle Mahogany Writing Desk

If you appreciate a DIY aesthetic, but don’t really have the time or energy to put into a project, fear not! Here are some items that are full of rustic charm and character, and you don’t have to leave your house to get them!

We hope this gave you some ideas on how to revamp some old furniture pieces you have laying around and gave you some inspiration to start a distressing project of your own!