Friday, August 4, 2017

How To Create A Distressed Finish On A Farmhouse Bed

Mr. DIY built our daughter's Farmhouse bed in 4 days. I wish I could say it only took me finishing it! Even though I started on the finish the day after Mr. DIY finished the bed, it took me a good 10 days to get it the way I wanted it.

Getting the perfect distressed finish takes a lot longer than just painting it. There are so many distressed finishes out there, so I thought I'd finish a few samples and let our daughter choose one.


Farmhouse bed, distressed headboard, distressed finish, Farmhouse style, cottage style


I started out with two different wood stains. The one on the left is Minwax Jacobean. The one on the right is Rustoleum Driftwood with a little Jacobean mixed in. One of these would be the base coat.
Farmhouse bed, distressed headboard, distressed finish, Farmhouse style, cottage style


Once the base coat dried, I applied a thin, watered down paint (Lowe's Signature Ultra White in Satin). The sample of the right doesn't have any stain under it. I was hoping our daughter would pick that one since it would be a lot easier. I used some fine grit sandpaper to distress the samples. 
Farmhouse bed, distressed headboard, distressed finish, Farmhouse style, cottage style

 I thought I'd do one more  sample. The sample on the right is full strength paint over Jacobean stain. It looked a little more chippy.
Farmhouse bed, distressed headboard, distressed finish, Farmhouse style, cottage style

I was surprised when she chose the left one.


The funny thing is, (and I didn't realize it until just now) that I should have stained it with Jacobean and instead, I stained it with Driftwood, mixed with Jacobean. Oops!

The first thing I did was stain the back of the headboard...
Farmhouse bed, distressed headboard, distressed finish, Farmhouse style, cottage style


Then, the front.
Farmhouse bed, distressed headboard, distressed finish, Farmhouse style, cottage style


I didn't take a photo of it, but despite applying the wrong stain, I managed to finish the back side of the bottom of the headboard (the brace) and it turned our pretty close to the sample she picked. 
I don't think she liked the finish on the headboard though. When she saw the finish on the headboard, she said that she could always paint it white at another time.
Farmhouse bed, distressed headboard, distressed finish, Farmhouse style, cottage style

I took that to mean she'd like the paint to be whiter. So, I applied 2 thin coats of watered down paint, plus a dry brush coat. I applied this to the frame of the headboard and what I call the brace (below the headboard)
Farmhouse bed, distressed headboard, distressed finish, Farmhouse style, cottage style




The frame has 2+ coats and the center has only 1.
Farmhouse bed, distressed headboard, distressed finish, Farmhouse style, cottage style

It almost looks like the headboard has just been painted at this point, but the grain of the wood still shows through a bit.
Farmhouse bed, distressed headboard, distressed finish, Farmhouse style, cottage style

Once I got the right brightness, I started distressing with fine grit sandpaper.
Farmhouse bed, distressed headboard, distressed finish, Farmhouse style, cottage style


After sanding and removing all the sanded bits, I applied more stain to the sanded spots.
Farmhouse bed, distressed headboard, distressed finish, Farmhouse style, cottage style

Farmhouse bed, distressed headboard, distressed finish, Farmhouse style, cottage style


I didn't like the stain on the paint, so I sanded a bit more, 
Farmhouse bed, distressed headboard, distressed finish, Farmhouse style, cottage style


Then, applied more paint over those spots using a very small amount of watered down paint and with a dry brush.
Farmhouse bed, distressed headboard, distressed finish, Farmhouse style, cottage style


Perfect!
Farmhouse bed, distressed headboard, distressed finish, Farmhouse style, cottage style

I finished the headboard with a coat of clear Polycrylic Satin.

I applied the same technique to the side and foot rails. The whole process took about 10 days. 
Even though the finish on the bed was a little different than the sample, it turned out great!
Farmhouse bed, distressed headboard, distressed finish, Farmhouse style, cottage style


Hope you'll stop by next time to see how the bed looks in our daughter's apartment!

UPDATE: you can see the finished bed HERE.

Pam
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1 comment:

  1. Wow that was a lot of work. I like how it turned out. It looks very professional! I sure your daughter will love it!

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