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!


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  1. 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..

  2. 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