Distressing is the process I use to make furniture appear aged. I pay particular attention to giving each piece a weathered and worn look – but in exactly the right places. Back in the day, if any piece of furniture, or even a picture frame, had been around for generations then most of the paint or varnish will have worn off in relevant areas. The real skill of distressing is creating a realistic ageing, giving even relatively modern items an interesting heritage. I teach this process in my beginners workshop classes from my studio in Ashford.