Mrs. Fixit: Distress Paint

March 23, 2013 7:03:28 AM PDT
Distressing paint can be tricky - you take off too much, you take off too little, you don't hit the right spots. Well I have a foolproof solution - vaseline!! I'll show you.

Paint a base coat on the piece, and let it dry completely.

Using your finger and a dry cloth, spread the vaseline out over the edges and corners of your project. Leave it thicker in some places and smear it out in others.

Next, paint a second coat of paint over the first and let it dry completely.

Your first color will peek through the second so make sure the colors are complementary.

Once your paint has dried it's time to distress.

Use some quadruple zero steel wool to scuff through the top layer of paint and to wipe away the excess petroleum jelly.

When you think that you have it just right, use a damp cloth to wipe the entire piece to be sure all of the petroleum jelly is gone.

Easy distressing with wear just where you need it! I'm Mrs. Fixit and it's just that simple!