“So you are TRYING to make them look old? And beat up? We usually get in trouble for that!!!”
There are many reasons people find antiques and faux antiques alluring. Maybe they like the uniqueness. Or they like the history of the piece. Or it is appealing aesthetically.
For me it’s simple. My kids trash everything. So why not have items that look “old” and “beat up” on purpose. The dings, dents, marks, chips and stains that I tried unsuccessfully to avoid suddenly “add character.”
Antique to me means one less thing to cause anxiety. One less thing to cause anger. One less thing to cause stress.
Distressed makes me de-stressed.
P.S. I highly recommend beating something with a hammer. It is therapeutic. Just make sure it is something, not someone.