SANDING OR WET DISTRESSING diy chalk painted furniture

Recently I worked back to back on two similar
piece of furniture because I wanted to compare
these two distressing techniques. One of the pieces
was an antique desk, and the other was an antique
vanity, but both had the same dark finish. I brush
painted each with Annie Sloan Pure White and when
it came time to distress I used sand paper on the vanity
and a damp sponge on the desk. I have compiled some
photos showing how each piece look in comparison.

From a distance they look very similar, most of the 
differences come from how each technique works.

DAMP SPONGE                  220 SANDPAPER

DAMP SPONGE                  220 SANDPAPER
Up close you can see areas that show more of the
original finish on the damp sponge side. I find that I don't
have as much control with wet distressing to prevent that.

DAMP SPONGE                  220 SANDPAPER
On flat surfaces sand paper does a much better
 job smoothing the surface.

DAMP SPONGE                  220 SANDPAPER

When sanding you have to constantly clean up sanding dust with
 the vacuum. When wet distressing you constantly have to clean
and ring out your sponge with fresh water. 

DAMP SPONGE                  220 SANDPAPER

When it comes to distressing painted hardware I don't want to
using sand paper on metal and the damp sponge works perfectly.

Here is a closer look at all the painted hardware 
that was wet distressed.

If you prefer to see how I wet distress click here
If you want some tips for distressing with sandpaper click here


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