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She Rubs Petroleum Jelly On A Wooden Box To Create A Beautiful Distressed Look

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
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Ileana is a writer on the Original Content team. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

There’s no more stylish home decor look right now than country chic. There’s something so warm and welcoming about the slightly-distressed, well-loved look that barns and country houses are famous for.

If you love the look of distressed wood, you’re going to love this simple tutorial.

All you need to distress your own wood products is some regular old petroleum jelly, some white paint, and a paper towel.

It sounds crazy, but it’s actually so simple! Distressed wood furniture pieces go for ridiculous amounts of money at stores, but this hack will give you that desired look for pennies!

To begin, find a wooden product that you want to distress. We used a wooden toolbox — perfect for a Father’s Day gift!

Once you’ve chosen your item, cover any hinges or metal parts with tape. Next, coat parts of the object with petroleum jelly — try to focus on the edges where most wear and tear occurs naturally.

Next, paint the object the color of your choice. Make sure you paint over the parts with petroleum jelly, too! Then let your paint dry slightly, just until it’s no longer wet to the touch.

After that, wipe away the jelly with a damp cloth or paper towel, then touch up any parts that could use more paint.

And that’s it — it’s really that simple. For more in-depth instructions, watch the video below.

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