A distressed finish provides the look of aged character to any painted or stained surface like wood, veneers or metal. In order to achieve this appearance of natural wear, a craftsman will often use a hand finishing process. This process may involve sanding through paint, scoring the wood finish, adding faux scratches and marks and treating metal surfaces to create a patina similar to the type that comes with a century in the weather. These processes leave the surface of the product with an antique look and feel where each piece is unique. No two distressed products are exactly the same as this is part of their charm.
Examples of distressed finishes: