Re sand the Furniture. To distress the finish and make the painted surface look more naturally weathered , take the sander back to the surface of the furniture when the paint has dried. With emphasis on the edges of the furniture, use the sander to gently remove some of the paint and primer allowing the underlying wood to show through… Paint the Piece. If you want the piece to look like it’s been painted before, you’ll want to buy two colors of paint so the base color shows through when the top player is distressed. If you want wood peeking through, you can use one paint color. Paint the entire piece, applying a second coat if necessary.. Use a hammer to add light depressions to the piece. To make the surface of the furniture appear worn, tap it in various places with a hammer to form small depressions. Use a wire brush to put light scratches in the furniture. Rub a wire brush along any places in the furniture’s finish where you want to add scratches.. . Use an old rag or t shirt to rub a dark brown stain or glaze over the paint. . Make sure you really work the stain or glaze in with a “random” motion so it doesn’t look too perfect. NOTE If you use glaze, it will probably “harden up” quite quickly and then you’re finished..