DIY Weathered Paint Effect

The weathered look is becoming increasingly popular and, when it is used sparingly, it can be an attractive focal in any room. Today we will show you how to master this technique!

You will need:

  • Wood that needs painting – the rougher the better. If you’re not scared of ageing a piece of furniture yourself, you could knock it around, slap it with a chain, etc. Anything short of breaking it. Otherwise, use dry pallet wood.
  • Tinted primer in different colours – for a weathered effect, don’t go too bright.
  • 80 grit sandpaper
  • Hard-bristle paintbrush


  1. Once your wood is ready, roughly paint over it. Don’t be bothered by doing it neatly or even getting into ever nook and cranny. A good idea is to have a dryer brush and not overload your brush with paint.
  2. Allow the paint to dry completely. If you wish to do so, you can add another layer – there are no rules. A good idea is to add a different colour, following the same rough method as before.
  3. Once all the paint is dry, you can start sanding! 80 grit sandpaper works well for this purpose. If you painted different planks/sections in different colours, try using a new piece of sandpaper on each colour. Alternatively, start sanding the lightest colour first, moving to the darker colours after that. The depth of sanding you do here is completely up to you. Just make sure that wood or other colours show through the topcoat. Remember, the more you sand, the less paint will stay behind.
  4. Once done sanding, use a cloth to wipe everything down. Be sure to remove all the dust.
  5. The final step is to put stain over the paint. Using a clean, dry cloth, wipe the excess stain away as you apply it.
  6. You’re done!

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