How to Make a Window Frame Look Distressed

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Things You'll Need

  • Painter’s tape

  • Latex indoor paint (at least two colors)

  • Paintbrush

  • Tapered candle

  • Fine grit sandpaper

  • Tack cloth

  • Polyurethane sealant

Use faux finishing to make your window frame look distressed.

Distressed window frames can add charm to your home decor. If your style is rustic, shabby chic or old world, a window frame that looks brand new may clash with you other pieces of furniture. Distressing is a technique that will make a newer piece look old through painting and sanding. Pick colors that match the hues in your existing decor to tie the room together.


Step 1

Apply painter's tape around the window frame to protect the areas of the window you do not want to paint.

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Step 2

Paint the window frame in the color you want for the base. This color will show through once the distressing technique is complete. Allow the base coat to dry.


Step 3

Rub a tapered candle along the frame where you want the base coat to show through. The wax will prevent the top coat from adhering.

Step 4

Paint the frame in the top coat color of your choice. Allow the paint to dry.


Step 5

Rub fine grit sandpaper over the area that you applied the candle wax. Rub until the base coat shows through.

Step 6

Wipe away the paint dust with a tack cloth.

Step 7

Paint the frame with a polyurethane sealant.


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