How to distress furniture with vinegar step by step
One of my most asked questions is how to distress furniture with vinegar. I shared this technique of using vinegar to distress furniture a few years ago.
Since sharing this little secret, I’ve gotten so many questions about it. Using vinegar to distress furniture is so easy to do and really looks authentic! (This post contains affiliate links, please see disclosure policy)
I love the fact that I don’t need to sand when I distress furniture with vinegar. I’m lucky that I’ve found so many authentic vintage pieces with chippy patina. But they’re hard to find, and they can be expensive.
I found this table at a thrift shop for under $10.00! It’s a great little piece, and very sturdy. But there’s nothing special about it. I’m going to change that!
This table looks old, but it’s not. I pulled out my Vintage Green from my signature paints, and painted this table with two coats.
(This technique will only work if you’re using Heirloom Traditions paint, or Chalk paint)
Once it was completely dry I started distressing this piece. Are you ready to learn how easy it is to distress furniture with vinegar step by step?
See how chippy that pink piece is? That’s an authentic patina from an old chippy piece. It’s hard to totally replicate that look. But with this technique you’ll get pretty close to the real thing.
The best part about this technique is that it’s safe to do. No sanding is required. And since most older pieces of furniture has lead content sanding furniture can be a little hazardous to your health. It’s also cheap to do, not much is needed as far as supplies. And you won’t have to purchase sanding blocks 🙂
If you would like to see how easy this technique is watch the video below. Make sure you subscribe to my channel. I share three new videos each week!
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Lynn hayward says
Can you paint one color , distress, then paint on another color and distress again?
What is the purpose of the vinegar? Why not just water or soapy water? What is the vinegar supposed to do for it?
What a great find!
I need to hit thrift stores because a table like that would be $40 in Goodwill!
Just one question…what happens to the part of the furniture that you don’t distress? Does the vinegar do anything to the paint? Does it dry okay? By the way…the piece is beautiful!!
ruth brightman says
That is an awesome technique!
I have a table like the one in your first picture. It belonged to my grandmother who was born in 1898. She passed away in 1969, I was eight. It has a round marble center. I’m going to distress it like yours. Thank you so much
Did. Understand correctly…that this technique will only work if u use certain paint? Have you tried it with the diy chalk paint?