Tutorial for Using Vaseline to Distress Furniture

It’s Friday, and I have another video tutorial for you! This one is all about using vaseline to distress furniture!

Using Vaseline to distress furniture

Today’s tutorial is SO easy.  I show you how to distress furniture with Vaseline!

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Distressing with Vaseline Tutorial

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  1. Hi Sara!

    I was just wondering how long you have to let the vaseline dry before applying paint. I was going to brush paint mine after applying vaseline. Thanks!

    • I would suggest a dark stain under the paint if you’re painting on raw wood – just so the distressing really shows. I don’t think the vaseline affects the paint or stain in any way. Good luck!


  3. Can you paint a color underneath, let it dry, add the Vaseline and paint a different color on top so that the bottom color come through when you rub off the Vaseline? I

  4. This is awesome! Thank you for posting this. Out of curiosity, if I paint a piece first, use vasaline where I want to distress it, and then paint over everything with another color, when I rub off the Vaseline would the original color show thru?

  5. Hey Sara.. Thank you very much for this tip. I make furniture and I love making the rustic furniture where I use wire cup brushes to expose the wood grain structure and then I paint and scrap the excess paint and the final products are amazing but your technique of using Vaseline has given me a new idea.. Once I have a few pieces using your technique I will send you the images.. Thanks once again…

  6. Hi Sara! Your videos are so inspiring! Can I use rustoleum paint to stain the wood, put the vasoline on, then use the same rustoleum paint I used the first time? It is an actual paint, and not spray paint? Thanks again, you’re very talented!! ~Danielle

  7. If I use vaseline and chaulk paint will I be able to seal the wood with polyurerhane? I want to do the top of a kitchen island.

  8. Could you please give complete written instructions for”How to Distress Furniture
    Using Vaseline? I can’t watch Videos. I love your site but I just can’t watch your
    Videos. Thank you, Janet. jwt

  9. tres joli,, je suis tombée sur votre publication sur pinterest,, je vais essayer votre methode avec de la vaseline sur mes meubles ,, merci 🙂

  10. Omg! This is a simple great idea! This will save so much time and the muscles in my hands from sand papering. Love it, thanks for sharing!!

  11. This Vaseline trick also works when you are painting large objects and find things difficult to tape off. Like door locks and handles (cars and house)

  12. Sara…brilliant idea. What do you do to the top and sides? It would be odd to have them in perfect condition when the top and are so nice. I am in Lafayette where Purdue University is. Are you close?

  13. So my understanding is that the vaseline technique is in the place of chalk painting. So u r using the vaseline to create the wear marks that you would typically sand if instead if u were using chalk paint. Is this correct? Also, since you are not using chalk paint (i love the idea of being able to use spray paint!) what time of spray paint should be used? Flat, latex etc? What are the various pros and cons? I do a lot of smaller items about the size of the one in your video and then I stencil quotes etc on them. Wondering if the type of spray paint that I use for the top coat will effect the ability to have the stencil paint adhere, etc. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

    • Hi Vincent. Yes, the vaseline technique takes the place of sanding and is great if you want a highly distressed piece. I would recommend a flat paint (I usually use Valspar or Rustoleum)just because I think it looks better. I am a little concerned about your stencil paint though. I assume it’s a water-based paint and most spray paint is oil-based. You can use this vaseline technique with any latex paint as well – which may help if you want to use stencil paint over it. I hope I helped. Good luck!


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