- To create a really rustic finish you need some rough sandpaper, and to sand before you wax. Select both a coarse and fine sandpaper to create variation in your finish.
- Choose where you would like to sand and think about how much of a distressed finish you would like to achieve. Sanding works very well in detailed areas and the coarser the sandpaper, the more distressed the finish.
- Alternate between the fine and coarse sandpaper, stripping back to the base layer and, for a heavily distressed finish, back to the original surface in parts of the piece. Continue until you have created your desired effect.
Sanding for a Rustic Distressed Finish
The key to creating a heavily distressed, worn and weathered finish is in the sanding. Annie shows you how to do this in a few simple steps.