Step 5: Distress Chair
After one hour, use steel wool to rub the chair's surface in small sections. This will take some of the paint off, so your undercoat will show through, giving the chair a distressed look. The more pressure you apply, the more paint will be removed. (If you think you've taken off too much, just paint it again and repeat this step. To distress the chair even more and to give it a smooth finish, go over the surface with a piece of fine 220-grit sandpaper.