Mark or strike furniture surface to distress furniture finish.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Distressers do?

Marks surface of furniture with crayon or strikes surface with rough edged object, such as chain, broken bottle, or rock, to distress furniture finish: Reads work ticket to ascertain items to be distressed or receives oral instructions from supervisor. Swings chain against surface of furniture to cause dents in surface. Taps surface with wooden hammer containing protruding nails to produce pattern of holes in surface. Scrapes pointed end of metal rod across surface to produce random scratches. Marks surface with crayon to produce desired antique finish. May apply stain to wood furniture to produce antique effect.

Should I be a Distresser?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Drosser, Warp Dresser, Work Distributor

    How to become a Distresser

    Distressers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Distresser-related education!
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