NATIONAL TRAIL TREASURES

DIY Tips


Giving Wood Decor an Aged/Worn Look

Wood items that look as if the edges have the paint worn through can be create in 4 easy steps:

1. Paint on the first coat of paint and let it dry completely.

2. Take petroleum jelly and with a rag or brush wipe the wood in places it would normally show wear.

3. Apply a second contrasting color taking care to brush gently over the jelly. Let dry completely.

4. Take a clean rag or paper towels and wipe away the paint wear the petroleum jelly was applied.

You now have the look you want with no sanding, sawdust, or damage to the wood.