How to Give Painted Metal A Distressed Look
This metal shelf was a garage sale find. It had a raised design which is perfect for distressing a painted finish.
This was the before pic!
I love to use a paint sprayer for a smooth finish. My favorite is the FinishMax from HomeRight
6 Tips For Using a Paint Sprayer
01 Thin Your Paint
02 Practice on a Scrap Piece First
03 Apply Light Layers to Avoid Drips
04 If it Clogs, Clean the Nozzle.
05 Spray Even Coats
06 Clean Well When Finished
The Sanding Method
Use sand paper or a sanding block to sand the raised areas of the painted surface. This removes the paint and creates a distressed look.
Two Distressing Methods
Give it a finish clear coat to seal it and you are done!