Paint Vaseline over wood and get the most shabby chic effect

Ever wondered how crafters get that gorgeous rustic distressed effect on their furniture? We are just as jealous as you. It turns out that there's a variety of ways of producing this technique at home on the cheap. (Get ready to bust out your Vaseline.)
Why is this look so coveted? Because sometimes we want furniture to look older than it actually is. Distressed furniture is most often accompanied by a vintage, shabby chic aesthetic. We've gathered a number of popular techniques in the list below.
Ways to distress wood
1. Dry distressing
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Use a sandblock or sandpaper over paint to achieve a weathered effect. The key is to make sure the layer of paint is completely dry before brushing over.
When trying this technique, keep a damp cloth handy as the cloth will help you clean things up as you go. Below is a final look!
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For a more dramatic version, you'll want to use a sandblock. We used sandpaper for the above.
2. Resist distressing
For this technique, you'll need the following materials:
100% natural beeswax bar
damp cloth
In this technique, the beeswax medium acts as a resist layer in between two layers of paint.
Over the first layer of paint, you'll want to scrub the furniture with beeswax in all areas where natural wear might occur. Again, you'll want to make sure that first layer is dry before working with the beeswax.
Next, you'll want to apply your next layer of paint over the beeswax material. Make sure this layer drys completely.
Finally, you go over the piece with sandblock or sandpaper. This process will reveal the first paint layer.
As you do this, you'll notice that the areas that have a lot of beeswax won't show much of the second paint.
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3. Wet distressing
This method involves just a damp cloth and scouring pad (optional). No sanding required! Unlike the first two methods, you don't want to wait for the paint to dry. About 20 minutes in, you want to go in and begin scrubbing with a damp cloth and scouring pad.
4. Vaseline and wood
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This technique is most similar to the beeswax one above. Unlike it, though, sandpaper isn't required. You'll just need Vaseline and a damp cloth.
1. Make sure your base coat of paint is dry.
2. Apply Vaseline to the areas you want to look chipped or distressed. Feel free to use your fingers here! Perfection is not required.
3. Paint a new layer normally, as if Vaseline isn't there.
4. Have this new layer dry completely for a more harsh distressed look. Use the cloth to wipe the layer away. Ta da! You are done!
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