Giving Furniture a Chic Rustic Look

Distressing outdated furniture give it antique charm with an Old World look.


This trunk-style coffee table was distressed to give it an aged look that fits in perfectly with the room’s Moroccan theme.

This trunk-style coffee table was distressed to give it an aged look that fits in perfectly with the room’s Moroccan theme.

Tools and Materials:

old coffee table
acetylene blowtorch
wiping stain – (we used Antique Cherry)
rags and a paintbrush
hand-held sander


1. Find an old coffee table or any old piece of furniture you don’t mind beating up a bit. If it already has dents, nicks and marks, you’re well on your way to creating a completely different piece.

2. Get creative with your hand tools and mark up the piece by banging it with the hammer, scratching it with a screwdriver or denting it with a wrench. You may want to distress only the areas that would normally see a lot of wear and tear such as around the knobs or handles, along the edges and around the feet.

3. After beating on your piece of furniture, use a hand-held sander and smooth the top edges ever so slightly. Start sanding a little and step back to see if you like the look, if not, you can always sand more.

4. With the acetylene blowtorch, lightly run the flame over the table, back and forth so the flame doesn’t stop too long on any one area. Focus on the edges to advance the antiqued look. Go slowly so you don’t do too much.



5. Apply stain with a paint brush and immediately wipe off the excess with a rag. Work in small section, until you reach your desired finish. Let dry completely.

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