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Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Fred, from the vantage point of stylish and trending furniture, I think distressed furnishings and cabinetry are making an exit if it already hasn't, although I've always liked that style.  It works particularly well in a country or farm-style home.


Most important is her taste in decor.    Whatever is born from the heart's desire works.


                  "Shin:  A device for finding furniture in the dark."

Jun 04, 2021 08:12 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Neither one of us is a big fan of the look, however, it it makes your friend happy why not?  After all we should indulge ourselves in things that make us smile.  A

Jun 04, 2021 09:03 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I guess it's a "look." Depends on your taste... not quite mine unless there is a specific piece of furniture that blends in with everything else. To my taste your friend sounds like it might be too much of a good thing.

Jun 05, 2021 02:14 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Those were hot 20 years ago.  Like Elvis, that style has left the building when it comes to resale.  That's a very personal style and if it floats their boat, all the more power to them.  It's not something I'd put into my house or a flip.  Clean and modern is what sells.

Jun 04, 2021 08:49 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

If your in a historic or older farm house style property the distress look fits well, otherwise it may look a little out of place with today's trends. The distress look sells well in our area .

Jun 05, 2021 03:54 AM
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

If she is updating with selling in mind, I would try to guide her in a different direction as that style has run its course. If it is for her own personal residence and it makes her happy, then she should go for it.


Jun 04, 2021 11:16 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Is it malaise I'm feeling?   Or just something a bit rough around the edges?

Jun 05, 2021 07:34 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I would not favor such a design but I am not the one making the decision for your friend. If it is what makes her happy and she has looked at other options and settled on "distressed", it is her choice, her house and she will enjoy it.

Jun 05, 2021 07:08 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Many years ago, I was asked to come into a home that had incredibly beautiful cabinets and help a decorative painter distress the kitchen cabinets.  I thought they were crazy.  I was astonished how beautiful the cabinets were when the project was completed.  Like many things, it depends on the artist doing the work.  The artist I helped was exceptionally talented.

All those years fixing distressed, worn out old surfaces as a painting contractor, just to find out that it was a thing  😂

Jun 05, 2021 07:05 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

like it but I think it has already has it's run. Have to be sure that you don't overdo it.

Jun 05, 2021 05:11 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Is that similar to the rustic look?  I kind of like the rustic look, but I would have to see what the distressed looks like.  I don't know much about interior design.

Jun 05, 2021 05:00 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Would not be my choice but it was a hit about 20 years ago give or take a few years.   And....if that makes them happy.....Go For It!  Who cares what others think when it comes to your own home. 

Jun 04, 2021 09:24 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

To each their own.  Not my thing yet it could work in a mountain cabin or farmhouse in the country.  

Jun 05, 2021 09:01 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

If she likes it, she likes it. I may pose the question of "did you consider the consquences if you need to sell?" and listen. I planted the seed and it time to move on.

Jun 05, 2021 04:20 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It's ok here and there on some items and in some rooms, but I think that look is overused now and has run it's course. Personally, I'm sick of seeing it. I can see it in old farm houses and log homes, but don't over do it.

Jun 05, 2021 11:30 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Great for a Beer Tavern or a Log Cabin, but everywhere else, it's a long passed trend in SoCal. That's a very "period in time" look that's past it's prime. That said, if she's going to live there 20 more years...go for it!

Jun 05, 2021 08:04 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

If  the "distressed" look is coming back into vogue I'll be relieved I won't need to do any re-decorating for another 20 years.

Jun 05, 2021 07:54 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

It's a personal choice. I think it's fine for pieces of furniture, not sure about built in cabinetry as it might have an impact on resale.

Jun 05, 2021 06:59 AM
Ken Jones, ASA | Broker & Appraiser
Kenneth J. Jones, Inc./Global Valuations - Newark, NJ
Commercial Real Estate Broker & Appraiser

Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate There's a time and a place for virtually any style of decor.

However, in the case of a new(er) home in a suburb of other new(er) homes, the "distressed" look is ... so yesterday.

But, giving advice to someone about their taste in decor is like giving someone advice in their taste in romantic partners; it's a VERY touchy subject that should be approached with extreme caution.

That said, when people decide to decorate their homes, most only consider the comfort it will bring to THEMSELVES; they're not typically concerned about future resale (right or wrong).

As a friend of people who love to live in the 1940s and its "look," I merely advise them that if and when they decide to sell, they're probably going to either have to pay to update their home to present preferences or take the hit in their resale price.

After giving them my advice (as tenderly as I'm able), it's then up to them. THEY'VE BEEN WARNED!

Jun 05, 2021 06:47 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Depends on the place and how it is done.

Jun 05, 2021 06:36 AM
Peter Mohylsky. Broker Associate
Miramar Beach - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Just a short step from shabby chic to shabby.

Jun 05, 2021 05:32 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Too specific to a person's taste will hinder the exit strategy when selling. I say no to cabinets, baseboards and vanities. If she loves the distressed look, buy furniture and accents instead.

Jun 05, 2021 10:22 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We are seeing a few of these "looks", but it is up to the homeowner.

Jun 05, 2021 07:16 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Says a lot about the person as to what they choose...

Jun 05, 2021 05:52 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I love antiques and vintage but I don't want 'distressed' ANYTHING . . . I'm not a 'shabby chic' type where homes are concerned. Homes won't generate additional money with that style. Modern and slick is what works. IF she wants this for her enjoyment, far out. But she will need to upgrade again if she goes to sell.

Jun 05, 2021 11:24 AM
Dario Ferreira
Attleboro, MA
Internet Marketing

You only live once. If she wants it, she should do it.
Why live with something you don't like just to please future buyers?

I think it would be pretty easy to paint the cabinets to get rid of the distressed look when it's time to sell.

Jun 05, 2021 08:05 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Not something I like or would recommend doing, but each to their own. If they plan on selling they are limiting their buyers.

Jun 05, 2021 06:30 PM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

We have a few antique pieces which I like, but as for "distressed" glad to see it on the way out

Jun 06, 2021 02:16 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

was never big in my market.  Thankful.

Jun 06, 2021 02:01 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

That would not be my personal preference for resale value.

Jun 06, 2021 11:52 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

Everytime I see "distressed" furnishings...I want to re-finish it.


Jun 06, 2021 07:43 AM
Steven Nickens
Wailea Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

My wife likes the look, I like what my wife likes.

Jun 05, 2021 10:40 PM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I believe that is a very subjective decision. It depends a lot on the house and style. It may be something I would pass on for my house

Jun 05, 2021 09:45 PM