Distressing Using Vaseline
I decided to try a new technique, distressing using Vaseline.
It’s using Vaseline to distress furniture.
I was intrigued by this technique of distressing using Vaseline, and wondered how it would work.
But, it’s always fun trying new and different techniques.
I use many distressing techniques, and sometimes on one piece of furniture I’ll use two or three different techniques.
So, what is distressing with Vaseline?
Well, you apply Vaseline to the edges of a piece you have not get painted then you apply the paint.
Here, let me show you on this piece.
This piece is pretty rustic, but I thought it would be fun to try it on a rustic piece.
Before painting, I gathered my supplies.
I didn’t have Vaseline, but I used something similar.
It’s un-petroleum jelly, which is the same consistency as Vaseline.
I use this on my face at night before going to bed, since it’s not Vaseline, it’s much better for your skin.
Anyway, I applied this to the edges of my piece on one side only, just using my finger, being careful not to get a sliver.
As you can see this piece is pretty rustic.
Why am I only applying this “Vaseline” to one side?
Well, it’s because I wanted to compare this technique of distressing using Vaseline vs vinegar and water.
You only want to apply this Vaseline to the edges, then apply your paint on your entire piece.
While the paint is slightly wet, not fully dry, take a damp rag and wipe the edges off.
And here’s what it looked like.
Hmmm, okay this is what I don’t like about this technique.
- I don’t like the fact that you can’t really see where your adding the Vaseline, since it’s clear, you don’t have control over where it’s really going and what it will look like once you take the paint off.
- I’m not happy with the results, I don’t feel like it looks really distressed. It looks a bit sloppy, but it could be the way I did it? But again, I don’t feel that I had control over where it was going.
Now let’s look at the side that I applied the paint, then used my vinegar and water technique to distress.
You can see that the paint has an even worn look.
It doesn’t look splotchy like the Vaseline side does.
What do you think?
Which side looks better to you?
Please tell me in the comments if you’ve tried either method and which one you prefer.
The fun part about creating a vintage patina, a distressed look, is that I’m creating it myself.
I can control where I want it to be as I’m working on a piece.
With the Vaseline technique, I don’t feel as if I had the control I wanted.
Here’s my rustic piece completed, I’ve added it to my kitchen table.
I decided to only paint the outside of this piece, the paint color is Vintage Green from my signature line of paints.
This color works perfectly in my kitchen as it’s a similar color to my kitchen island.
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