I have to point out a very important fact here…you MUST sand EVERY square inch of every piece on this and all pieces to make sure you have a surface that primer can adhere to. Don't ask me why…I just know:)
This includes those pesky and annoying nooks and crannies! Just do it. It will save you a lot of work later on. Again, don't ask…I just know:)
The sweet gal who this set is for, wanted some distressing. This lacquer product is so crazy awesome, durable and hard that I seriously have to pull out an electric sander when I need to do some serious distressing, just so that I can get through the layers.
Ofter times, when distressing, I don't think that the wood showing through is dark enough. I personally like to see a darker wood showing through after distressing.
This is when I will often times use a few different techniques to get the look I want. I might a staining pen, little gel stain or maybe a bit of glaze on a piece of cotton wrapped around my finger. Just "hitting" that distressed spot to darken it a bit, followed by a clean rag to quickly wipe off extras.
BEFORE HITTING DISTRESSED SPOTS WITH DARK GLAZE
AFTER HITTING THE RAW, DISTRESSED SPOTS WITH GLAZE….HUGE DIFFERENCE!