High Country Furniture & Design — We’re distressed.
Why, you ask?
Because we like it that way!
Here at High Country, several of the pieces we sell are distressed – meaning that the people who made the piece of furniture scratched it, hit it, and roughed it up before sending it to us.
You may ask, “Why would you distress a perfectly good piece of furniture? You would do this on purpose? Wouldn’t you want a new piece of furniture to look nice and smooth?”
Distressing a piece of furniture makes it appear to be older than it really is – kind of like an antique. Often times, antiques hold value and memories. Antiques represent a moment in history and the work of artisans years ago. The goal of distressing is to make furniture have the same look and sentimental feeling as an antique.
The process of distressing furniture actually sounds pretty recreational! There are several techniques that are used:
- Hitting the head of a hammer on the furniture to make a circular dent
- Striking the furniture with chains
- Using tools in your toolbox to make scratches on the surface
- Running a saw blade over the piece of furniture
- Using your keys to nick up the table
Often times, stain will be applied after the furniture has been distressed so that the stain can bring out the distress marks even more.
Are you distressed now? Visit High Country to see some of the distressed pieces in our showroom.