Getting Creative: Distressed Wooden Cross

After coming across Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint™, I’ve been obsessed with painting practically all my furniture. I mean, have you seen the spectacular array of colours  in the range?  

distressed wooden cross

I decided to start with a small yet super exciting project and distress a decorative cross to add to my collection. I chose the colours Old White, Florence, and Emile to play with:

Annie SloanWhat you’ll need:

  • Wooden cross to distress
  • Your choice of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™
  • Paintbrush
  • Candle
  • Coarse sandpaper

How to distress a wooden cross:

Step 1

The beauty of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ is that no matter the finish of your cross, you don’t need a primer! Paint your first layer in quite a thick coat and wait for it to dry (at least half an hour). How to distress a wooden cross

 Step 2

Next, you take your candle wax and rub it where you would normally see wear and tear if the cross really was old, like the corners. I rubbed it on other spots to make it look even more beat up.

Step 3

Next, paint the next layer of paint (a nice thick layer again) and wait for it to dry before sanding away the paint where you rubbed the candle wax.

Step 4

Rub the candle wax in the same spots as the first time and the wood surrounding it so that in the end you have both colours showing through. Paint your next layer and wait for it to dry.

Step 5

Sand the frame where you rubbed the candle wax and you should see both colours coming through.

distressed wooden cross


distressed wooden cross DIY
The final product! Now just to convince the boy to hang it 😉

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Jenna-Leigh de Wit

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