My New Paint Method

Hey guys!  I will keep this post short and sweet because that is just what it is. Whoop! :-)

I learned this idea from my super talented father-in-law awhile back and I just now tried it out.  I love it.

My first step was to put on my base coat.  I wanted the distressed part to look brown so I spray painted it with Rust-Oleum London Gray Spray paint.  You can also use latex or acrylic but I think spray paint is the fastest and easiest.

Once that was dry I was ready for step 2.

I used a candle and rubbed all the edges and corners leaving a layer of wax on the board.  I also added some random wax spots on the front of the board.

After I was finished with that, I added my top coat.  I used latex paint for my top coat.  You can also use acrylic paint for this part but I’m not sure spray paint would work well.

Here is my first coat.

I gave it a second coat and let it dry really good.

The next part is the fun part.  Just use a fine grit sanding block (like 220) to sand down your entire board.  Where the wax was applied under your top coat, the paint will just peel away and expose your base coat.  Just keep sanding it until you are happy with the results.

How easy is that?? I love it.

Hope you guys like it!  It’s simple and gives great shanty results! :-)

For those of you that missed it, I used this paint method on my key hook HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!  Now get to painting!


  • Lisa Jayne Lee

    love it!

  • Kara

    What side wood piece did you make that project with?

    • Kara

      excuse me i meant *size

  • Deja-Gal

    I love this technique and I’m looking forward to trying it! Thanks for posting it!

    • Shanty2Chic

      That’s great! Glad to help ;)!! Good luck!

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  • Lain

    This looks great!! What color if white paint did you use?

  • deidre`

    This is GREAT!! I am most certainly goingo do this from now on ,thanks so much:)

  • Joni

    Did you have to prime you piece? When I’ve painted wood before the wood just keeps on soaking up the paint unless I use a primer first… It looks great and I have this in mind for a project..

  • Sara

    I love this idea im painting my kitchen red and i was going to use this on my white cupboards doors.. with a red under coat and the white up top…Awesome thanks for the idea

  • Venessa P

    LOVE THIS! I’ve got a table in my study that I use as a desk that I’ve wanted to re-do and distress. Do you put a finish clear coat over it? I don’t want paint chips getting into my computer mouse or all over the place. Just wondering!

  • sunshinequeen

    WOW- that is amazing. Thanks for including the paint color too, super helpful :) Definitely going to give a try. I love the key holder too :)

  • abeachcottage

    Very nice and very easy project. Love the distress look of it!

    • Ashley

      Thanks so much Sarah:)))

  • Shirley L

    Thanks for this, I have yet to try distressing wood but I really want to try!

  • laura@imnotatrophywife

    I Love that you got this tip from your FIL. I think that is the sweetest thing to post! Is he a follower?
    I’m a new follower! Visiting from and found you on the tuesday linky party!


  • Lindy

    Oh, how I love this. Very creative to put the glass flower holder and the hooks together!!!

  • emily @ the happy home

    ah! that’s stunning. we just built a big piece of furniture that we want to have a similar distressed look on. gonna give this a try!

  • Barbara aka Pink Overalls

    That is one great tip. Thanks for sharing. I found you at Thrifty Decor Chick’s party.

  • Jennifer Francis

    Another little trick…vaseline will do the same thing too! Works like a charm.

    • Shanty2Chic

      Thanks Jennifer! I will be trying that!! :-)

  • Marty@A Stroll thru Life

    Such a great trick. Love the results. Hugs, Marty

  • cami cordell

    Wow, that is awesome. I’m just beginning a new sofa table paint job and will use this technique! Fabulous! Thanks so much. ~Cami

  • Jodi

    That is a great tip! I am definately going to use that; I need to find something to paint!


  • Amy @ Positively Splendid

    So incredibly smart!

  • sissie

    I have heard of using the candle technique before and it really works. The destressing on your wall piece turned out great.


  • Amanda

    Such a great way to add some ‘distressing’ to a project, thanks for sharing!

  • Jessica Farmer

    I can’t wait to try this out! Looks so easy too! Thanks for sharing!

  • Becky U

    I love this project. I am going to make at least one! Thanks for sharing!

  • debbie

    You can also use a heat gun to achieve a distressed worn look. Go over areas you wish to distress with your heat gun until the paint begins to bubble slightly. Afterward, sand the area and the paint will come off in a random pattern giving you a look of time worn wood……….you can try a small area at a time and add more until you achieve the desired effect :)

  • deedee

    You are correct looks super easy… I also will be trying this soon….. Love your blog lots… 😀

  • Janet

    This is a great tip! I’ll be trying it soon, thanks!

    • Shanty2Chic

      You’re welcome :-)