How to easily distress anything – plastic, wood, glass, resin – for an authentic looking antique finish using just paint and Vaseline.
Okay, they’re really not too bad. And I originally thought they would be pretty in Olivia’s ballet theme room, but I swiped them for our living room instead…I know, shame on me…so greedy.
The other two of the 6 were this brassy gold plastic, which, unfortunately, I forgot to snap a before shot of (bad blogger!).
Believe it or not, I have never done a chalk paint project. (Say whaaat?) I had always wanted to! And, y’all, I gotta say, I have found the elixer of life. Okay, I exaggerate. But it’s amazing stuff.
From this point on, if you stand still long enough, I might slather you with a layer of chalk paint. I think I shyed away from it before because I was so scared of ruining a paint project and ending up with wasted funds. That stuff ain’t cheap! Annie Sloan projects are beautiful, but I can’t swing over $22 for 8 ounces and potentially mess it up. (Update: I finally did it, and it was SUPER easy! I had no reason to be scared. And I discovered a little of that paint goes a long way. See my beginner’s guide to chalk paint here.)
BUT I found a super cheap alternative.
- 2 colors of chalk paint (I used Folk Art paint in Java and Parisian Grey.)
- A clean, dry rag
- Paper towels
- 2-3 large artist brushes
Step 1. Paint frames with a coat of your base color (the shade that will show underneath the distress finish). I used the Folk Art Chalk Paint in Java on four of the frames, and I used Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze on the other two just to see if there would be a major difference. Both came out great. You can really use anything.