Faux Distressed or Slick & Glossy?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Folks around these parts are ga-ga over painted furniture with that "distressed" look.  It seems that the magic formula is a flat painted finish with the edges sanded and a few nicks and scratches thrown in for good measure.



I have to admit that the distressed finished is not my favorite way to reinvent a vintage piece, but I'm not above a little sanding and nicking if that is what the buyers are looking for.


In most cases, and certainly for my own home, I prefer to finish my vintage pieces in a shiny, high-gloss finish.





which I'm sure has the distressed furniture fans shaking their heads.

So, do you have a preference for how you finish a vintage furniture piece?  Or do you think it depends on the mood of the room and the style of the piece?  

Discuss.

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18 comments:

Stacy Curran said...

Shiny and new....no doubt about it for me! I've done distressed, but then traded it for new :) I'll take Jonathan Adler lacquer over distressed any day, but then, I ADORE well done antiqued/distressed rooms, too. Go figure.
Stacy

amber wallace said...

I feel the exact same way. I'll distress it if you want me to but I prefer it this way is something I find myself saying. And I think it has to be crazy well done for me to like a distressed piece. I feel like my town is 4 years behind everywhere else and distressed furniture is just everywhere around me. So this has been on my mind a lot these days. Maybe my town isn't so far behind other towns after all!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

You know, I like it all! I even like it mixed up in the same house.
We are about to redo a condo for my parents and it's near the beach so I think we'll go with distressed, love your examples.

kayce hughes said...

glossy but every once in a while distressed.

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

I prefer the shine, but I have seen some gorgeous pieces that were distressed. I prefer the authentic distressed.
Hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Teresa
xoxo

Taylor Greenwalt said...

I like both. Love the shine and love the patina. I think it depends on the room decor. Do you send it out when you want it to be shiny? I have not been able to figure out how to do that my self.

Jessie said...

I guess I liked both. But for my own home, I prefer high gloss and shiny! There are so many gorgeous shiny lacquer pieces I am swooning right now!

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Jessica Rowe {The Aestate} said...

I'm with you, give me glossy. I do like old pieces but not when there's even a hint of faux distressing.

Sara Mueller said...

I am with you. I like shiny and glossy too!

Interior Design Musings said...

Yes please! I just can't choose. I like to use them both depending on the style of the home. I think each add so much to a space! M.

Yola Thorp said...

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Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I prefer a more modern look when updating a vintage piece. Maybe it's because distressed pieces might look out of place with other elements in my home.

A Delightful Design said...

Shiny and glossy! I've just painted two large pieces glossy white and I love them. BUT, I also have a hexagon side table in a flat, blue/grey color that is quite possibly my favorite piece in our house.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I'm a shabby...distressed...layers of paint kinda gal!!!

Blessings,
Linda

A Room For Everyone said...

I'm not entirely convinced, although that crestwood console does look gorgeous. Thank you so much for your lovely comment about my new shop, I really appreciate your support. Have a great weekend.. Rachaelxx

Paula Grace Designs said...

It depends. I really don't like when it is so distressed unless it is authentic. A little distress is just fine. I like mixing antique or vintage pieces in with cleaner pieces for a nice mix.

A Vintage Vine said...

I like both! I like to mix them and sometimes a throw in a piece with a natural wood color too...Great post!

Valerie@DesignCaller said...

BOTH. And what a great post! I live right by the Chattahoochie River, so the name of your blog intrigued me...and I love it. Have a great Friday!
:) Valerie