I love unfinished wood. It’s a blank canvas just waiting for you to transform it. Since I adore all things vintage and antique, I decided to make my plain box look aged. My secret? Don’t laugh! It’s petroleum jelly. For real. Read on to learn how you can use a common household item to make your paint finish look distressed.
Step two: Apply thick “blobs” of petroleum jelly to the parts of the box that you want distressed. I concentrated on the corners and a few random spots on the top and sides.
Step three: Spray paint the box. I used a gold hammered finish spray paint.
Step four: Use a stencil to add a design to the top of the box. I painted my design with Antique White paint and then traced the edge with brown paint.
Step five: Use a dry cloth to rub the petroleum jelly off the box. The paint will come off with it. Continue wiping until the surface is no longer slick.
Step six: To finish the inside, cut a piece of fabric to fit the box. Apply Mod Podge and press the fabric into the box. I did not paint the top of the fabric with Mod Podge because I wanted it to be soft and feel like fabric.