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Customer wanted a free standing bathroom mirror made of pine 30x84 with distressed finished. Well I have completed the frame and installed mirror in the frame ready for the finish. Customer chose dark walnut finish and is ok with the samples provided. Now I am trying to determine how to make the finish look distressed with holes notches etc. any suggestions? Thanks in advance. RD
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meat tenderizing hammer..
chain, hammer or your high heel shoes to add dents......
spot sand w/ coarse sandpaper to distress the finish...
Add cracks to the wood using a chisel and hammer....
poke/scratch w/ a screwdriver...
use a wire brush to put on light scratches....
drill small holes

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What Stick said, but think I would remove the mirror first!
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What Stick said, but think I would remove the mirror first!
he didn't say if he wanted to save the mirror or not....
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Remember less can be more at times...
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I was looking at some distressed finish items at a furniture store and they said they used a glove with a bunch of brads or finishing nails sticking through the back and the wearer kept back-handing the surface until it looked distressed enough.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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I was looking at some distressed finish items at a furniture store and they said they used a glove with a bunch of brads or finishing nails sticking through the back and the wearer kept back-handing the surface until it looked distressed enough.
Ooooch, that hurts!

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Yeah my thoughts too Herb, maybe was specially made with a plate between but the idea is sound- if you like that sort of thing. Maybe driving some nails through a Ping pong paddle instead?

My sister in law had me make a tv stand for her and she used some craft paint that you lightly sand after different coats of different colors. Every time I see it I tell her it looks good, just needs a decent paint job. Different strokes for different folks.
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Wire wheel on a drill? Vary the speed, pressure and stiffness to create the patterns.

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if it is going to be painted (but I guess stained only) there are other things you can do.

in the past what I have done, stain first (especially because it is pine) then on some of the spots where it would normally wear, use either a little bit of Vaseline (very very carefully), or rub candlewax over. paint over that. the Vaseline and candlewax affects the sticking of the paint coat. afterwards use a wire brush/scotch brite sanding pad carefully. the places where the paint doesn't stick, will typically be the easiest to get off.

I have also seen where people afterwards use a little bit of gel stain carefully in spots to mimic dirt built up.
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