Painting distressed furniture is something that can easily be done with the right tools and know how. If you happen to have a piece of furniture that was once perfect but got a dent or ding in it, you can paint it to make it look distressed.
Remember to always protect the area with painter's tape. This will allow you to be able to keep the areas that are not being painted from being damaged or stained in any way.
Whenever you are sanding the furniture, make sure to do so lightly. You want to make sure that you sand just enough so that you take off the glossy part of the finish that is on the furniture.
Even if you already have a dent or ding or two on the furniture, it is a good idea to add more to it to help with the distressed look. Usually something like a pillowcase full of metal objects such as nuts and bolts or nails will do the trick.
Once you have added the dents, you are ready to paint. You will take a wire brush as well as a chisel to the furniture as you paint. This will help to give it crevices as well as grooves. The chisel will create indentions.