getting a distressed look

Old 04-17-01, 08:38 PM
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HI. A friend made me a bookcase from old fence pickets. I want to paint it white, but want some of the fencing to show through, like a distressed look. Can anyone tell me which paint or mixture to use to get this look?
Old 04-17-01, 08:56 PM
Sonnie Layne
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I get that distressed look every morning when I look in the mirror.

Here's one technique, there'll undoubtedly be others along shortly...
Seal the wood off with a couple coats of 1# cut shellac. Brush a white paint on and wipe it off while wet with cheesecloth. Clear-coat on top. You can use latex base with acrylic urethane top coat (goes on and drys fast) or oil (alkyd) base coat with alkyd urethane top coat (slower drying but more forgiving), or you can simply mix the base coat with the top coat and wipe it on, or....the variations continue, stay tuned.

good luck, great project

Old 04-18-01, 02:06 PM
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Maybe you could use one of the popular water based pickling white stains on the market. They can give you a white look and still show the grain and roughness of the fence.

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