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.


14 Replies to “Distress Pine Wood with an X-acto Knife”

  1. 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!

  2. 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)

  3. 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

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