Cassie and I love old furniture and anything antique style. We remodeled our pedicure room at our spa, and we went for a farmhouse type of feel. We wanted the pieces in the room to have a true white look. Typically when we distress furniture, we paint it, sand the edges to rough it up, and then stain the whole piece. This makes anything you paint white, have a tan type of look. We decided to use the "Vaseline" technique to achieve our chippy white paint look.
The Vaseline technique is when you apply Vaseline to the wood in places you don't want paint to stick. If you do this on the edges of the piece, and on knotholes it looks amazing. What happens, is once the paint dries, you sand or wipe off the places you applied Vaseline. This makes the wood look like it was painted a really long time ago, and that it chipped off with wear. We like to stain our piece before we paint it so the dark wood comes through wherever you apply the Vaseline. This look would work without staining the piece beforehand though. To demonstrate the look, I painted a wooden slat sign that I made out of pallets. I made this to use as a backdrop for pictures for the our blog.
As you can see, my piece is already stained, however, if it wasn't, my first step would be to stain it.
Next, you apply Vaseline to any places you don't want paint to stick. Don't get carried away with the amount of Vaseline you use. You want to use enough that you see it well, but you don't want chunks of it on the piece either,
Pay special attention to the edges. I like knotholes, so I always apply the Vaseline to them.
Also, get creative. Apply it anywhere on the front of the surface. I have noticed that people get too caught up in how distressing should look when painting their own pieces. This step makes them think they are incapable of painting their own pieces and having them turn out like the pieces they see on Pinterest. Believe me when I say, there really is no rhyme or reason to this! Just be creative and it will turn out awesome! You will be pleasantly surprised at the end with the finished result. Now you can start painting the piece.
All finished painting now. Let the drying begin!
Notice the places where I applied Vaseline. The paint looks a bit different, almost raised. This is where we will get the chipped look.
Now we can sand the areas that have been Vaseline-ed. I used an old cloth for this project. It worked okay, but a fine grit sandpaper would have been easier!
Here you can see where I have sanded a bit on the edge. I still have about 2/3 of the way to go. Isn't it pretty?!
Finish off your piece with a poly acrylic finishing spray. That's it! Isn't this look beautiful? It works for any piece of furniture you can paint.
All of the spots where you see the dark wood, are where I applied Vaseline. I love the way it turned out! It makes a beautiful backdrop for photos!
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