You can distress painted furniture using Vaseline Petroleum Jelly.
HOW TO DISTRESS PAINTED FURNITURE USING VASELINE
This is the cedar chest after it was painted, distressed, and stenciled. I took the photos in the workshop and the lighting was really bad. The chest is a beauty. I wish you could see it in person.
STEP 1. PAINT FURNITURE DESIRED COLOR USING PAINT OF CHOICE.
I didn't have the perfect paint color on hand and I combined several colors from my paint stash to get this beautiful blue.
STEP 2. WHEN PAINT IS DRY WIPE VASELINE LIGHTLY OVER SELECTED AREAS OF THE PAINTED SURFACE.
The technique of using Vaseline (petroleum jelly) as a paint resist has been around for a while. I’ve used this process numerous times with beautiful results.
STEP 3. BRUSH ON SECOND COAT OF PAINT IN A CONTRASTING COLOR TO FIRST LAYER.
I used a can of oops paint from Wal-Mart for the top coat. This paint has been sitting on my shelf for over a year.
STEP 4. LET DRY THEN IMMEDIATELY WIPE OFF TOP LAYER OF PAINT WITH A RAG.
When the red paint was dry I took a damp rag and wiped it down. The areas where the Vaseline was applied rubbed off pretty easily.