Is Distressed Painted Furniture For You?
Just when you thought you landed on a great bargain for an antique table, you get to read about distressed furniture and you feel cheated. Yes, that
furniture you thought was old-age and probably historical, might just be another one of those pieces of distressed painted furniture that have become
intriguingly popular everywhere.
Sometimes it is funny how some people want their old, rickety furniture replaced with brand new ones while others like their furniture old and rather
abused-looking. The trend is to make brand new sets and make them look old, used, and distressed. But how did this begin anyway?
How distressing started
Distressing furniture probably started during the Victorian times when there was too much hype and fascination given to the past. Filthy rich people
took it as a status symbol if they have tokens from the past. These tokens are in the form of pieces of furniture that are interestingly used by people
who came before them. Every wealthy figure had to collect or own one or more and so there rose a need that was addressed by deliberate distressing
of new furniture since there are not so many of these old pieces that can satisfy the big demand.
The truth finally surfaced in the 1950s that there was a dishonest practice of selling such furniture posed as antiques. The media exposed about this
much to the surprise of the antique enthusiasts. From then on, many started choosing the look and design over history or genealogy. But, the
manufacturers never really stopped producing this kind of furniture since there was still steady growth of demand for it.
What is distressing?
Old furniture, which usually takes on high reselling prices, have dents and worn edges that speak a lot about how used up it is. Some area appears
more smoothened or shinier and some may have stains. Corners have bumps and some form of scratches. Chairs have flattened seats due to long
use. Any marks that suggest it has been somewhere and used by someone qualify the set as old furniture.