After having fun with the door project, I decided to try the same effect on some of the furniture I painted for hubby's rec room. Let's begin with Specimen A. This used to be a dark brown, wooden cabinet. It was the bottom part of a hutch, until the top part busted to pieces. We were left with the bottom, which worked well for storage out in the shed. I decided to paint it ISU Cyclone colors...this took forever. Lots of painting, and waiting to dry, and painting again. Since it took so much time to paint, I was a bit leery about altering my paint job.
This scared me -- what had I done to my nice paint job -- was I crazy? Not answering that question, I proceeded to apply the wax stain. To me, it seemed like the cabinet was becoming uglier and uglier. What did I do?
But, as I wiped the stain away, I was noticing it did look a little more worn and now works well in the hubby's "man cave".
I did the same effect to an old twin bed's headboard to use for a place to set drinks while sitting on the couch. This didn't turn out too fantastic, but it now matches the cabinet. I think I was getting sick of the process and didn't take the time that was needed.
Want to try this project? What I used was a kit from Menard's: Rust-Oleum American Accents: Distressed Kit -- Ivory: http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=82. It was very simple to use -- the directions were great for a beginner/first-timer at this project. It contained the base coat, the wax stain, the paint brush, and a sanding block. I bought a sanding block, medium coarse, which worked much better for my large project. If you want to forgo the kit, you could use any wood stain, and you should have a similar result, but don't take my word on that.