Distressing ... we gently rub the corners and edges where natural where would have occurred.
Ageing... happens when we apply a brown finish over the paint, also called antiquing.

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Distressing |Antiquing (glazing applied) | Dry Brushed Paint | Layering


We sand and rub where natural wear would have occurred. This can be done lightly or heavily. This treatment can be followed by antiquing and can be done on dry brushed or multiple layers of painted finishes.


and here is some light distressing on this little yellow table:

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both clocks were heavily distressed

White 6 over Buckland Blue, distressed and gilded:

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Glazing is applied over the painted finish. Glazing can be in the form of a specially formulated antiquing stain, oil stains, thin paints or waxes.


More distressed for a worn look.

Light distressing over White 6:

Distressing and Java glaze:

Mora Clock antique Swedish

Antiquing liquid oil glaze:


Glaze applied on the right side of the sample of Blue 2.

Glazing on the right hand sample of Blue 4.

Glazing at the bottom of Teal 24.

Antiquing glaze over paint.

Antiquing glaze over White 2:

It is possible to use a thin paint as a glaze as well:

The top was painted gray, then antiqued in a brownish black thin paint.

Here is another example of glazing with a thin paint:

Here is a clock that has a base coat of Gray #6 which has been washed with White #7.

We can take this finish, distress and age the paint with glazing like this sample shown below...

Antiquing with light brown briwax:

Before the wax...

Halfway through....

All done...


The sample to the left shows the colors before the wax was applied. The sample to the right shows the colors after the wax is applied.

and with antique glazing over milkpaint:

Soldier Blue and Barn Red

soldier blue and barn red, antiqued

Here is a clock which we painted in Gray 2 oil, distressed lightly and antiqued with glazing.

and an armoire in Gray #2 with antique glazing:


Multiple layers of paint are applied and then distressing to let the layers show through.

Green 3 then Teal 23 finished with White 5 pearl finish, all in latex, then heavily distressed.

And shown below is Red 3 under with Gray 6 over in a very thick paint for a very aged look.


and here is a cupboard that we painted in two colors, distressed lightly and antiqued...

Dry Brush:

When I say 'dry brush', I mean that I drag very thin layers of latex or oil paint over a piece. This allows all the old quirky bits to show through and keeps the piece looking its age.

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Dry brush 2 coats + Distressing + Antiquing glaze


Shown below in oil paint, dry brushed on. It has a rustic aged look with some some soft gloss-typical of farmhouse Swedish finishes.


White 2 in oil paint, dry brushed:

Gray 4 latex:

with two thin dry brushed coats, slightly distressed...