Distress Wood With A Razor Blade

As I was doing a bit of Christmas clean up, I wanted to do something to our TV console because it was so dark.  I didn’t want to see all the “electronics”.

My husband wanted a console that had NO doors so the stereo system would respond to the remotes etc – etc….

This space doesn’t work well for switching out cd’s anyway so I’ll move that stuff to a new place where we can relax and listen to music.

I planned to make a burlap knot cloth to cover up the opening of the console.  Then I remembered that I had picked up a wood dresser last summer for $5 at a tag sale.
  It was in the garage buried under “stuff”.

I can be impatient when it comes to putting a room together.
I like to put it together fast, easy and with what I already have.
So I quickly sanded the chest of drawers with 120 grit sand paper
 and my hand sander.
I usually have white spray paint on hand and luckily I had two cans. Whew!
(I wasn’t going to get cleaned up or even get out of my pajamas for that matter
– just to go to the store for spray paint)
Once the paint was on I let it dry mostly.
I wanted this piece to be rough and chipped and have lots of wood showing through.
I didn’t want to sand it because I’d have to wait a bit longer for the paint to dry.
It was about 2 degrees outside so the drying process was way slow anyway.
So – I took a plain old razor blade and started scraping lengthwise with the grain.
Peel paint – wipe blade.  Peel paint – wipe blade.
I used a little sandpaper at the end in a few areas.

I love the look of a dresser in a living room.  The storage is nice too.
There it is:
I started at 9 am and had that puppy back in my house painted by 11am.
see another way to distress wood here


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What an awesome make-over. It looks GREAT!!!!


Now that's my kind of makeover!!! Beautiful & quick – awesome job!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style

That looks fabulous. Would love you to share it at Wow Us Wednesdays party.

Wendy @HerBallistic Garden

Way to go! It turned out so authentically old looking! xo

A Thrifted Market

Woohoo..three cheers for quick paint projects. Yours looks great! Nice tip about the razor too..who knew?


I LOVE this.. What a brilliant idea.. SO creative and pretty.. I've been meaning to get a go on a project like this with a dresser I have, you INSPIRED me.. I might get started this weekend.. : )) (Hope you can link this great feature tomorrow via Pin'Inspirational Thursday..) ..Have a great day..Xo Marilyn

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate

I Love it! What an awesome makeover. I too, am impatient, Lol!I want things done, NOW! I need to try this razorblade technique. thanks for sharing!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs

Holly that came out awesome!!Thank you for showing us how you did it ~


OMG Holly, that came out PERFECT! I love it. In the first photo I was eyeing the cabinet to the left of the fireplace and thinking, she needs something similar to that for the t.v. Well, guess you thought the same thing! Thanks for the razor blade tip. I'll add that to my \”arsenal of destruction\”. :-)BTW, a 2 hour tranformation including final placement in its new spot? You rock!


Just perfect! I never thought about using a razor blade. I'm going to have to try that now!

Amy Kinser

You go girl! I love to get things done and really don't like waiting, so what you did was right up my alley.Love the razor blade look. Thanks for sharing that tip. Looks great!!

Eileen @ Cottage Beach House

Wow. That's a fabulous piece now. I love your hurry up and get it done technique. It looks like it took years to get to this look. Awesome.


I've got just ONE word for ya……FANTASTIC!! I love projects like this that I could actually do. I love the style of that dresser with the big fat knobs on it. The white contrasts nicely with the black tv too. I would've never thought to use a razor blade to distress it. Thanks so much for sharing another one of your trademark creations!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky)

What a pretty piece now! Amazing that you could get it done so quickly.


That looks fantastic! Great job!


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Your dresser turned out beautiful!!Thanks for the great idea using a razor blade.Kathy

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Great job, Holly; it looks terrific! And who would have guessed that it took so little time to accomplish such beauty?! Is hubby pleased? Thanks so much for linking to Time Travel Thursday last week. Be sure to come by tonight, and see yourself featured. Why not link this lovely piece while you're there? ;)Happy New Year!Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic

Amazing! I hate to wait very long for a finished project and you are so talking my language with the 2 hour start to finish here! And it turned out so perfectly distressed! I absolutely love it!~Shanon

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing

That looks awesome Holly. Love the razor use too.

Emily @ 52 Mantels

Wow, impressive! I can't believe that only took you two hours! I have several pieces that need a paint job. I've been putting it off, but I just got motivated to give it a go! Thanks :)And, thanks for leaving me a sweet comment!!

Adriane @ Pages From Home

Super cute, and my kind of project! I am super impatient…have you used chaulk paint yet on anything? I am thinking about making some to try first.

Carey's Farmhouse Kitchen

I love this quick project. It really looks great in the space. We bought a new stand for our flat screen from the Amish.

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life

WOW! Your wood dresser looks fantastic!Dee

Heaven's Walk

Fantastic job! Sounds like you're alot like me when it comes to being impatient with decorating! lol! Your new way of distressing really worked out well! I'm remembering that one! :)xoxo laurie


Wow, great job! I found you through Savvy Southern Style's Link Party. I'm your newest follower!maxwellhouseinteriors.blogspot.com


You dresse is great! I re did a french style dresser to use as a media cabinet myself. I took out a drawer for the cable box and store all my electronic \”stuff\” in the drawers. I'd like to try your razor blade method on my next project. I've been putting it off but now I'm inspired by you.I invite you to view my dresser on my blog.Thanks for sharing,Diddie

Honey at 2805

What a terrific job and great tip about the razor!Thank you for linking this lovely post to Potpourri Friday!


My kind of girl! I did exactly the same thing on my holidays.Thanks so much for sharing at Pin'Inspiration Thursday last week. Hope to see you back again this week 🙂


Looks wonderful! Thank you for linking it to Home Sweet Home!Sherry


Holly this is sooo prettY! Thanx for sharing at the party!


I love it! Out of curosity I once distressed a project with a razor blade. After about 5 seconds I was hooked. I love the way it distresses and I think you have so much more control on the amount of distressing compared to sand paper. I can't believe you got a dresser for $5!!! LUCKY!

Darcie (My Modern Country)

This project is right up my alley! I have very little patience, and waiting for paint to dry is REALLY hard for me. This turned out so cute!


OMG! This is amazing. I love the way it turned out. Using a razor …what a fabulous idea! Carolyn 🙂

Ronda Jane

Love this and can't wait to try it. I am heading to goodwill tomorrow and pick up a project. Thanks for sharing.

Sandra@Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls

A razor blade–who'd a thunk it?? I gotta try this, it looks great on your piece. I am not very good at distressing the \”ordinary\” way, mainly because it takes so long. I want to get it done, and go do something else!!! Can't believe it was so quick, my kind of project.