Did you know that Vasoline petroleum jelly is a fantastic ingredient for distressing furniture? It is true. The technique is simple and fast. Today I am sharing how I took this chevron painted table I shared with you in a previous tutorial, and used Vasoline to create a chippy, funky distressed piece to go with my new living room.
I needed a coffee table to go with my urban-modern-distressed-vintage-eclectic decor style in progress. You will be seeing reveals as I decorate in my new home. I am into yellow, gray, orange poppy, turqouise, emerald green, navy blue and vintage white these days. My living room kinda has a little of all of these, with yellow, gray and turquoise dominating the stage.
I revamped this roadside find last week, thinking it would be the perfect coffee table for the living room. Well, it wasn’t.
I decided to apply Vasoline to the areas of the table I wanted to look “chippy”, then paint with homemade chalk finish paint (see how to make chalk paint yourself in my barnwood frame tutorial). Valspar’s Pantone Emerald was the perfect color! I picked it up at Lowe’s.
Once the paint dried, I just took my scraper to the areas where I had applied the Vasoline and the it peeled right off, revealing the colors in the chevron stripes. I love the effect! It looks so cool with the random colors.
Once I was happy with the amount of scraping, I sealed the piece with Martha Stewart’s Antique Finish Decoupage Medium. It was my first time using the stuff and it gives a subtle warm antique feel to the piece.
Stay tuned for more DIY home decor as I settle into my new place!