This is also referred to as “aging” of walls, furniture or any object. Many techniques and tools are implemented. The idea is to apply one or several coats of stain or paint, sand or remove them partly with various tools, then paint again and repeat the distressing process. Now, to do it with serendipity, you have to apply the right shade of stain or paint, remove it just enough for your purpose, and cover it again with another pleasing color. Several layers may need to be applied until you are satisfied. You need to wait between each coat until the last one is thoroughly dry to avoid reactivating the last layer with the new coat.



In order to whiten wood on a piece of furniture or a floor, sometimes bleach mixed with water is used. However the generic term "bleached" more often means whitened, faded or colorless. This look can be achieved through various possible methods, and, depending on the effect obtained, it will also be referred to as "pickled", "distressed" or "ceruse". The bleach solution may reap wonderful results but you need to know the essence of the wood you are working with. The ensuing result will vary depending on the wood's color and grain density. And generally speaking, water is the enemy of wood! Ready mixed solutions are available from stores, but again, use caution when marring the wood. Bleached wood, truly tinted within the grain, offers a unique advantage: it is maintenance free: you will never have to repaint it or repair a surface irregularity.


Color wash

A highly diluted paint, that leaves an uneven tone on a wall or a piece of furniture. The goal is to create a pale powdery effect. To reach a satisfactory result, your medium must be very liquid and you need to work quickly since it will be absorbed by the surface almost instantaneously.



This can be a simple porcelain crackle, a weathered crackle or a large alligator crackle, all are produced using numerous readymade solutions. You need to practice and try out your product and your hand: the size and occurrence of the cracks may vary, depending on the chemical reaction between the surface receiving the liquid. The ingredients of the product and the tools used also play a significant role in how the crackle will unveil.



A technique aimed at aging an object or a surface. There are degrees in this process, ranging from a ravaged look to a soft patina. A distressed finish is reminiscent of the country look, and brings the reassuring look of nature into your home. Some finishing techniques tend to stage a theatrical and pompous look to impress, whereas distressing leans toward a calming environmental therapy.



Otherwise known as “strie”. This is a finish obtained by dragging vertically or horizontally with a brush, or tool, through a wet glaze from ceiling to floor or wall to wall. The brush imprints regular streaks on the wall, and the finish is similar to a delicate combing of the color on the wall. The base color of the walls still shows through the finish that compliments it by bringing its own hue. It is a rather precious looking finish that goes well with classical or modern interiors. It could be more or less regular; for a more rustic look, you could leave irregular and washed dragging marks.


Fantasy finishes

These encompass malachite faux finish, wood graining, marbling, bronzing, faux stone, basket weaving, tortoise shell, and many more anonymous glazes that do not bare a resemblance to natural materials or patterns. A Fantasy faux finish is an exaggerated finish. Unless you own a restaurant or a commercial space, it is safer to stay with a muted and more discreet glaze that will accommodate the widest range of decorative elements.



It is a repeated pattern that typically appears on the top of walls to accentuate the ceiling line, to follow chair rails, to mark the perimeter of floors, and so forth. This is an easy way to personalize a room and give it a classical, rustic or modern feel. It is less invasive than a mural, and very effective in a room encumbered by furniture and paintings. You can choose between floral patterns, geometric ones, letters, mottos, and period designs such as Art Deco art or one of ethnic reference.


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