Tips For An Effortless Distressed Dresser

Tips For An Effortless Wet Distressed Dresser


I love the look of a distressed dresser and it makes the bumps of life on your furniture so much easier to swallow. Oh, it’s gonna happen. It’s just a matter of time and when it does, it just adds a bit more of character.

Tips For An Effortless Wet Distressed Dresser

Tips for an effortless distressed dresser.Here’s a quick video on prepping your furniture before painting. Or you can read more on the blog post I wrote HERE.

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Choosing The Right Paint For A Wet Distressed Dresser

Tips for an effortless distressed dresser. This post contains a few affiliate links to help you find the products I use. You are not charged extra to use any of the links, but any income I make will be used for more fun projects! To see my full disclaimer, click here. 

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I use Wise Owl Paint when I want to use the wet distressing method on my furniture. Having a peekaboo of the beautiful wood showing through gives it so much character. You just can’t go wrong with a black and brown combo. It’s a classic!

Tips for an effortless distressed dresser.This dresser was painted with two coats of black chalk synthesis paint from the Wise Owl Paint Products and allowed to dry overnight. The very next morning, I used a kitchen scrubber sponge to distress the edges on carefully chosen areas to add a bit of depth and character.

It was easy! Just wet the kitchen sponge, use the scrubber side to carefully remove the amount of paint that you want removed and then wipe the distressed area clean with the smooth side of the sponge. Done!

Sealing Your Distressed Dresser With Black Wax

Tips for an effortless distressed dresser.This is really cool! Did you know you can make your own black wax? It’s a great compliment to a black chalky painted dresser. I love the feel of a waxed piece and sometimes it’s the logical choice.

To make black wax I used about 4 Tbsp of soft furniture wax and added about a 1 tsp of the Wise Owl paint. I really kinda eyeballed it. Aint nobody got time for measuring. Just add enough paint to the wax to tint it a bit. Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint is highly pigmented so it’s great for making colored waxes with their paints.

I added Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint to my furniture wax to create a beautiful black wax to compliment the distressed dresser.


Applying DIY Black Wax to the Distressed Dresser

Applying DIY black wax to a distressed dresser.Applying the black wax is fairly easy when you use a soft wax brush. I used a circular motion when applying to make sure the wax covers the paint completely, then I smooth it out in one direction. Kinda like painting. If you allow the wax to dry in the circular pattern without smoothing it out, the finish will be uneven when it dries and you’ll be calling me for help. LOL It ain’t pretty!

Allow it to dry then buff with a clean lint free cloth until it’s silky smooth.

And I couldn’t wait to stage this beautiful piece! The white cotton stem wreath was just the right contrast to soften all that back. These wreath are great with so many decor styles. I found a similar one for you here to see!

Tips for an effortless distressed dresser that looks amazing!

Black Distressed Dresser

Tips For An Effortless Distressed DresserThanks so much for stopping by. Love black furniture? I have more! CLICK HERE for more dramatic black makeovers. 


Until the next project… xo, Do