Distress Pine Wood with an X-acto Knife

In THIS post I showed you how to easily frame in art that may be too small for your wall. I am showing a simple way to distress your frame or any wood project with an X-acto blade and stain here.

Once your wood is cut to size and painted lightly use an X-acto knife to take out “chunks” of wood on the sides and corners.

Sand a little and then rub on a stain color that you like with a sponge brush. I use dark walnut by Minwax. If you like your stain to “blend” – use THIS tip with baby oil to help you out.

The bright red paint is toned down and the wood is darkened. See the difference?
Set the stained and painted wood in a safe spot to dry. We put ours under the car in the garage.
It is a simple and effective technique that transforms your plain new pine into an old barn wood style.
Happy Distressing!
For more unique paint tips go HERE.

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Pamela
September 21, 2014 7:26 pm

Great little project Holly! Welcome back and you look great btw!

Kelly
September 22, 2014 12:07 am

I love how that frame looks! It looks like an expensive frame that way. I love anything distressed.

Gwen
September 22, 2014 12:08 am

You're so cute!!! What a great project and I'm so glad your back. I've missed you so much!

Judy
September 22, 2014 1:48 am

You are brilliant! I'm stealing your uber creative idea! đŸ™‚

Shabby chic Sandy
September 22, 2014 5:57 am

I am always looking for new ways to make things look old–love this! đŸ™‚

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting
September 22, 2014 11:34 am

I LOVE how that looks!!

Cynthia
September 22, 2014 3:22 pm

Great to have you back Holly. Missed your posts. Great project and idea.Cindy

Christine Vandormolen
September 22, 2014 4:25 pm

Those frames really turned out gorgeous and you are looking super great yourself!!!! xoxoxo

Tabatha McCaffrey
September 22, 2014 4:41 pm

Such a fab frame. Very easy directions. Thanks for the share!Tabatha

Debbiedoos
September 24, 2014 2:05 am

You are so clever. I have distressed with a butter knife. Never thought of an exacto. Next time, I know exacto where to come cutie pants!

Pendra
September 25, 2014 4:48 pm

I love to distress, everything looks better aged… except ME! You look great, hope your summer was a great one. As much as I LOVE fall, I'm still not ready for summer to end, but the leaves are falling off and we just sealed the deck AGAIN for winter… it's just around the corner, YUCK!

Gypsy Heart
September 25, 2014 11:35 pm

What a great idea! You look gorgeous!xoPat

Marilyn
September 27, 2014 9:21 pm

Over the years, I can't believe all the things I passed up because I couldn't find the exact size frame. It never even occurred to me to take pieces of wood and literally frame the piece directly to the wall!!!Love this idea.Marilyn (in Dallas)

Lawanna Brown
September 28, 2014 3:48 am

Holly, good to see you back. You look great. All your fun ideas do too. We had an awesome Summer having you here in Utah. Keep us all motivated with the holidays coming upon us. Never too early to start thinking about fun ways to decorate. love ya, mom