How to Create a 'Distressed' Look-Vintage Window Style

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How to Create a 'Distressed' Look-Vintage Window Style
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Find vintage windows (most will be pretty distressed already)

Find vintage windows (most will be pretty distressed already)

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I chose to sand off flaky paint and mildew-y (yup) areas. I don't want stuff falling off in my home.

I chose to sand off flaky paint and mildew-y (yup) areas. I don't want stuff falling off in my home.

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My trusty butter bowl of chalk paint. (I mix my own-plaster of Paris mixed with warm water and then paint added- I make small batches)

My trusty butter bowl of chalk paint. (I mix my own-plaster of Paris mixed with warm water and then paint added- I make small batches)

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Use an old brush- this doesn't need to be perfect... Don't cover the entire area.

Use an old brush- this doesn't need to be perfect... Don't cover the entire area.

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This is an example of how I sparsely painted.

This is an example of how I sparsely painted.

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Finished with paint.

Finished with paint.

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I love this color stain. Notice my cheap brush- it will give the desired look.

I love this color stain. Notice my cheap brush- it will give the desired look.

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Now stain is applied with a small chip brush. I want it to look streaky. Sponges would look to uniform and apply too much stain.

Now stain is applied with a small chip brush. I want it to look streaky. Sponges would look to uniform and apply too much stain.

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Partially done.

Partially done.

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Stain is on and now I will 'remove' excess.

Stain is on and now I will 'remove' excess.

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My use of sophisticated tools! As I wiped the stain off I spread the excess onto the surrounding paint for a light contrast.

My use of sophisticated tools! As I wiped the stain off I spread the excess onto the surrounding paint for a light contrast.

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What it looks like after paper toweling excess.

What it looks like after paper toweling excess.

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This is how it looked.

This is how it looked.

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Touched up the top and bottom so they were not stark white.

Touched up the top and bottom so they were not stark white.

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Wiped stain off.

Wiped stain off.

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Now I will let it dry. You could call it a day, but I will distress with sander to complete my look. Want to see what I did with it? Look for my guide on how to use vintage windows.  :)

Now I will let it dry. You could call it a day, but I will distress with sander to complete my look. Want to see what I did with it? Look for my guide on how to use vintage windows. :)

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Pre sanding.

Pre sanding.

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After sanding. Stain appears a bit lighter and more white is visible.

After sanding. Stain appears a bit lighter and more white is visible.

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