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!



  1. Lisa Jayne Lee on March 9, 2013 at 8:06 am

    love it!

  2. Kara on July 31, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    What side wood piece did you make that project with?

    • Kara on July 31, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      excuse me i meant *size

  3. Deja-Gal on July 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm

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

    • Shanty2Chic on July 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm

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

  4. Lain on April 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm

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

  5. deidre` on November 24, 2011 at 1:38 pm

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

  6. Joni on May 31, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    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..

  7. Sara on May 15, 2011 at 3:49 am

    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

  8. Venessa P on May 14, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    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!

  9. sunshinequeen on May 11, 2011 at 1:32 am

    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 🙂

  10. abeachcottage on May 10, 2011 at 11:54 am

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

    • Ashley on May 10, 2011 at 11:55 am

      Thanks so much Sarah:)))

  11. Shirley L on May 4, 2011 at 1:12 am

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

  12. [email protected] on May 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    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!


  13. Lindy on May 3, 2011 at 12:48 am

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

  14. emily @ the happy home on May 2, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    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!

  15. Barbara aka Pink Overalls on May 2, 2011 at 5:04 pm

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

  16. Jennifer Francis on May 2, 2011 at 1:45 am

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

    • Shanty2Chic on May 2, 2011 at 2:47 am

      Thanks Jennifer! I will be trying that!! 🙂

  17. [email protected] Stroll thru Life on May 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm

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

  18. cami cordell on May 1, 2011 at 4:39 pm

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

  19. Jodi on May 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm

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


  20. Amy @ Positively Splendid on May 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    So incredibly smart!

  21. sissie on May 1, 2011 at 10:27 am

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


  22. Amanda on May 1, 2011 at 8:08 am

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

  23. Jessica Farmer on May 1, 2011 at 3:23 am

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

  24. Becky U on May 1, 2011 at 3:09 am

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

  25. debbie on May 1, 2011 at 3:04 am

    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 🙂

  26. deedee on May 1, 2011 at 3:00 am

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

  27. Janet on May 1, 2011 at 2:56 am

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

    • Shanty2Chic on May 1, 2011 at 2:58 am

      You’re welcome 🙂

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