Distressed furniture - do you like it?

@JudyEv (293704)
Rockingham, Australia
November 24, 2022 2:54am CST
A lot of the furniture in our house-sit was ‘distressed’. This was/is fashionable but I always thought such furniture looked like it needed a good coat of paint. ‘Distressing’ a piece of furniture makes it look old and weathered. Another name for it is ‘shabby chic’ but we used to tease our friend that a better name would be ‘shabby sh*t’. It is easy to ‘distress’ your own furniture if you like the look. There are instructions on various websites. Attacking a painted finish with sandpaper and steel wool will take off some of the paint, giving you the desired look. The cabinet in the photo is an example. The owner of the house is a Vietnam veteran and the cabinet displays citations and memorabilia from the Vietnam battles.
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@Beestring (8560)
• Hong Kong
24 Nov
I don't like the look of this one.
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@MALUSE (69645)
• Germany
24 Nov
Neither do I.
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
It was all the rage for a while. I suppose it's still popular. @Beestring @MALUSE
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@DaddyEvil (102953)
• United States
24 Nov
Nope. It's never been a look that I liked. (I agree that it looks like "shabby sh*t".)
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• Philippines
24 Nov
it is not that bad
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@DaddyEvil (102953)
• United States
24 Nov
@DevMrSamEleazar It looks like it needs painted, at least.
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
Our friend would rave about it but I couldn't stand it.
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@LadyDuck (416426)
• Switzerland
24 Nov
I agree with you on this, I would rush to give it a good coat of painting.
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@LadyDuck (416426)
• Switzerland
25 Nov
@JudyEv Hard to resist.
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
I was itching to 'improve' it with a coat of paint too. lol
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@Fleura (23101)
• United Kingdom
24 Nov
It's one of those trends that's fashionable because it isn't real. If you have some real distressed furniture you're probably trying to renovate it!
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@DaddyEvil (102953)
• United States
24 Nov
Very true! Renovate it or buy something new.
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@Fleura (23101)
• United Kingdom
25 Nov
@JudyEv It looks rather as if it's got that white powdery mildew all over and it makes me want to clean it up - but of course you wouldn't know that unless you had ever encountered old wooden furniture covered in powdery mildew, so for most people it probably looks quaint!
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
It didn't look so bad here as any of the painted furniture was like this so it didn't look so out of place
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@arunima25 (78065)
• Bangalore, India
24 Nov
Well, it is a personal choice..But it's definitely not for me. My OCD triggers looking at it and I want to paint it and fix it
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
Yes, me too! Not my taste at all.
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• Philippines
24 Nov
for me it is good as it is more like designs.
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@DaddyEvil (102953)
• United States
24 Nov
Yeah, but you're kinda crazy, too.
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• Philippines
24 Nov
@DaddyEvil Yea lets say a psychopath.
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@DaddyEvil (102953)
• United States
24 Nov
@DevMrSamEleazar Well, I wouldn't go that far.... I'd just call you a little strange.
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@rsa101 (36135)
• Philippines
24 Nov
So that is what it's called. I seldom see that kind of furniture in our place. Maybe not that popular because most that I see are really nice one. Maybe I see that in Museums where they are not really restored to its original state to look authentic antique.
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@rsa101 (36135)
• Philippines
28 Nov
@JudyEv I guess it depends on its surroundings if they blend well in the surroundings then that is good to look at.
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
Yes, it's meant to look old and antique and if it isn't, then they paint it to look like it is. Sometimes they hit the top of a table with a hammer so it looks battered.
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• China
24 Nov
Each to their own ! I don't like those fake antiques.Don't know if the washed-out jeans belong to the distressed ones.
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• China
25 Nov
@JudyEv I don't like wearing jeans,because I am a little overweight.
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
I don't like fake antiques either. And people pay a lot for jeans that I would turn into cleaning rags.
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
@changjiangzhibin89 I have put on some weight while we were at this house-sit. I guess we weren't active enough.
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@Juliaacv (72743)
• Canada
24 Nov
I love to see the wood grain on wood furniture and dislike painted or distressed coverings. I grew up in the home that my Grandpa had built for him and my Gramma to raise their family in. As a result there were lots of cast offs in the home that Gramma did not deem necessary when they moved to their new home in their elderly years. One day my hubs, who was just my boyfriend at the time, was in the basement getting cleaned up after helping load tomatoes, spied a huge table with an ugly big plastic flowery tablecloth near the washing machine. He spied the double pedestal and my Dad took him over to it and lifted the cloth up so that he could see it better. It had many coats of paint on it, most of which were peeling back. My Dad explained to him that it was hickory and originally belonged to his grandparents, but now was a cast off which my mother used to store laundry soap on. He was so interested that he gave it to my hubs. My hubby took it to a place where they took it all apart and dipped and stripped the layers of paint off of it. It remains in bits and pieces as the pedestal itself was rotted. We have the claw feet that go on the bottom of that pedestal and the 3 leaves as well as the table top and the skirt that goes around it. I believe that when our son owns a home large enough for such a piece that we will take it to a woodworker to put the pieces back together and then invite our son and his wife to choose a stain. Of course it has no chairs, so they will be on the hook to buy some.
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@Juliaacv (72743)
• Canada
25 Nov
@JudyEv Thank you, I love that story. We are in our fifth home since we married, and that table has come along with us to each home we've had. The significance of the wood from which it was made, hickory, is that it was made from a tree which is native to our area that the family farm is located. The very early generations began a sawmill, out of necessity, as they had to clear the land, and everyone needed furniture. Little did my ancestors know that this particular table that they made would stand the test of time, and mean so much to me, who has never met any of them.
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
What an interesting story and won't it be a wonderful piece when it is eventually back in one piece. It will be a very special family heirloom.
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
@Juliaacv It's very special indeed and hopefully will go on to bring pleasure to many more generations. Such items well and truly outlast people, don't they?
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@marlina (152752)
• Canada
24 Nov
I don't like distressed furniture"
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
It looks pretty awful really.
@kobesbuddy (156417)
• East Tawas, Michigan
24 Nov
I actually like this distressed piece of furniture, but I'd never mar up furniture to give it this older look.
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
All the painted furniture in the house was like this so it didn't look completely out of place.
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
@kobesbuddy So much of the furniture was Balinese inspired if not actually from Bali.
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@kobesbuddy (156417)
• East Tawas, Michigan
25 Nov
@JudyEv I would love to have this in my home, it's unique!
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@sarik1 (5888)
25 Nov
I agree to you point .
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
I don't like it much.
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@LouAvul (2246)
24 Nov
Not this particular piece, but I do like distressed furniture in general.
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
Our friend used to be mad about it. It never really appealed to us but that's okay.
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• Indonesia
24 Nov
Hi, greetings . . . seems you have an art desire and that's awesome, congratulation to you
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
Thank you. Do you see this type of furniture where you live?
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• Indonesia
25 Nov
@JudyEv I have for my own; however, it's at night for me now, so I'll definitely take a shot to show you tomorrow. Thank you and Good night . . . .
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• Indonesia
26 Nov
@JudyEv This is a shot I promise you, have a nice weekend
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@averygirl72 (34500)
• Philippines
25 Nov
I like the feel of antique furniture. I didn't know it can be distressed
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@averygirl72 (34500)
• Philippines
28 Nov
@JudyEv Sounds cool
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
There are instructions on how to take perfectly good furniture and make it look old and weathered.
@rebelann (102902)
• El Paso, Texas
24 Nov
It's not my cup of tea but some people like that sort of thing. If I had a genuine antique I would love it.
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@rebelann (102902)
• El Paso, Texas
26 Nov
me too.
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
I much prefer genuine antiques.
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@RebeccasFarm (77451)
• United States
25 Nov
It is a lovely bit of work he has done there.
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• United States
26 Nov
@JudyEv Oh I see he did not distress the cabinet then..many people do that here.
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
@RebeccasFarm They would have bought the cabinet like that.
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
Do you mean with the memoribilia? I think so too.
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@noni1959 (9237)
• United States
25 Nov
It depends on the piece. I love old antique and prefer the real distressed thing.
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@noni1959 (9237)
• United States
25 Nov
@JudyEv Yes. They have character and are "real." I have one piece of shabby chic left from a project I did back when everything was blue and white in my place and giving it away soon as I get a good TV table. It was done on an old 50's piece that needed a lot of care. I'd love an old hutch in it's old glory.
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
I'd prefer naturally weathered/worn pieces.
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@kobesbuddy (156417)
• East Tawas, Michigan
24 Nov
When I get distressed, my value goes down. When furniture gets distressed, it's considered more valuable!
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
That's a good difference between people and furniture! lol
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
@kobesbuddy Older items have a lovely patina though.
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@kobesbuddy (156417)
• East Tawas, Michigan
25 Nov
@JudyEv But don't forget, the basic material is hard wood the same as my head!
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@Dreamerby (2912)
• Calcutta, India
25 Nov
Oh that's interesting. Are you in interior design field?
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@JudyEv (293704)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
No, not at all. I thought myLotters might find it interesting.
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@Dreamerby (2912)
• Calcutta, India
26 Nov
@JudyEv Oh I see. I thought interior designing is your field of work...I love the furniture as it is though
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