DIY

How To Give Wood A Distressed, Shabby-Chic Look Using Vaseline

by Caroline Bayard
This writer is a New Yorker with wanderlust. She loves good food, music, the beach, and storytelling.

Decorating my home to fit my personal style — and budget — has always been a favorite pastime of mine.

I just love rummaging through yard sales, antique shops, and the sale sections of my favorite home goods stores to find that perfect thing I never knew I needed. Lately, I’ve been getting very in touch with my creative side and trying out a lot more “do it yourself” projects to fix up older items.

It’s no secret that we love everything homemade, handcrafted, and upcycled here at LittleThings, and this next project falls into all of those categories. As you can see in this awesome tutorial, there’s always a way to turn complete trash into a beloved treasure.

In the following video, our LittleThings team will show you how to easily get that coveted “shabby-chic” look on any piece of wood. We did it with a simple, bare wood slab to make a rustic-looking sign, but as you can see in some of the photos below, this project can be applied to frames, wood sculptures, and old furniture (check out this awesome project to learn more).

After watching this video, I have ideas running rampant through my head. The lived-in, shabby-chic look is perfect for rustic or beach-themed homes and weddings, nurseries, country restaurants, and more. It also makes a great weekend project to do with the kids or for wine night with your girlfriends.

An outdated dresser gets a new life thanks to some vaseline and Tiffany box blue paint. Wouldn't this be perfect in a beach home or nursery?

An outdated dresser gets a new life thanks to some vaseline and Tiffany box blue paint. Wouldn't this be perfect in a beach home or nursery?

This old desk looks like it would cost about $800 at Pottery Barn — and it only took a few hours to create!

This old desk looks like it would cost about $800 at Pottery Barn — and it only took a few hours to create!

Making this adorable letter sign couldn't be any easier. Baby shower gift, wall collage piece, kids' room project...the list goes on and on!

Making this adorable letter sign couldn't be any easier. Baby shower gift, wall collage piece, kids' room project...the list goes on and on!

How perfect would these photo frames be as number signs or a photo area at a rustic wedding?

How perfect would these photo frames be as number signs or a photo area at a rustic wedding?

What will you create? Let us know in the comments, and then please SHARE this awesome how-to project with all of your friends on Facebook!

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