DIY Blue Distressed Paint using Petroleum Jelly

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Easy to follow steps for this beautiful DIY Blue Distressed Paint using petroleum jelly (Vaseline).

Time for another furniture painting tutorial. I love playing around with new paint finishes that add character to my furniture. WITHOUT being too hard for the average person to do. This DIY Blue Distressed Paint finish is an easy to do 5 steps!

I think this furniture paint makeover looks so amazing because that color is so amazing, all by itself. Picking the right paint color is always half the battle, guys. I’m already looking for new ways to use the color Demo Day around my house. I’m sure you’ll see it popping up in future tutorials.

How to steps for this before and after furniture makeover using chalk paint and vaseline for distressing. Steps to get this look on unfinished wood and already stained wood furniture or cabinets.
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Watch the DIY Blue Distressed Paint Video Here

Seeing someone do something always helps me understand the DIY better. Watch this 5-minute video for a better look at each step. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s What You’ll Need

How to steps for this distressed paint finish with Cedar Live Edge on an outdoor bench
I love this blue with that Cedar. The colors work perfectly together. You can find the build plans for this DIY Outdoor Sofa from 2x4s here.

Steps to Do This At Home

Before I get started on the steps, if you want this DIY Blue Distressed Paint look on already stained furniture: Clean the furniture with TSP to clean and degrease it. Patch with wood filler (if needed) and sand rough areas smooth with 150-grit sandpaper. Then lightly sand entire surface with 180-grit, to give the paint a good surface to stick to. Then skip step one below, start with the petroleum jelly, Vaseline, in step two.

Please Note: You can see all of these steps in the video above.

Step One

On unfinished wood, start with 2 coats of Danish Oil in Medium Walnut. Follow the directions on the container. I usually use old lint-free t-shirts or socks to apply Danish Oil. Then a clean old rag to wipe the excess away, after the wood has soaked up as much Danish Oil as possible.

Step Two

Once that Danish Oil dries, use your finger to lightly apply petroleum jelly (aka Vaseline) to just the corners and edges of your furniture. If your furniture has a lot of rounded moulding, you could apply some on the rounded parts you want to highlight too.

Step Three

For the third step of this DIY Blue Distressed Paint Look, apply the Demo Day paint. Use a good nylon brush and apply it right over that vaseline. I used 2 coats of this paint to get even coloring. Let it dry completely after each coat.

You can also use chalk paint for this furniture makeover. Chalk Paint is easy to distress becuase it cures quickly. Some latex paints tend to peel off instead of sanding smoothly. The Magnolia Homes by Kilz line is a latex that acts like a chalk paint. It dries quickly and is easy to distress. So, if you don’t use the Magnolia Homes by Kilz paint, pick a chalk paint to get a great result.

Step Four

Let that 2nd coat of paint dry and cure overnight. Now, it’s time to distress! I use a medium grit sanding block. Something around 150 or 180-grit works well. Just distress those areas that you applied the vaseline too. It will sand off much easier in those spots than it would without it.

Use a clean rag as you work to wipe the dust away. Once you’ve finished sanding, clean the surface with a slightly damp rag to remove all dust.

How to steps for this before and after furniture makeover using chalk paint and vaseline for distressing. Steps to get this look on unfinished wood and already stained wood furniture or cabinets.
You can see how nice that wax looks on that paint color here. It’s a pretty matte sheen. And, wax feels buttery soft to the touch.

Step Five

Time to protect that DIY Blue Distressed Paint Finish. I went with Minwax Paste Finishing Wax because it is easy to apply and leaves a beautiful matte and super soft finish. Follow the directions on the container for the best result.

If you DON’T want to use wax, I also really love this Minwax Water-Based Polycrylic in Satin Finish. You apply that with a good nylon brush. It takes more time than wax, but leaves a beautiful, smooth finish.

That’s it! Easy, right? It just takes a little time to get this beautiful look on your furniture. ๐Ÿ™‚

More DIY Blue Distressed Paint with Petroleum Jelly Pictures

How to steps for this before and after furniture makeover using chalk paint and vaseline for distressing. Steps to get this look on unfinished wood and already stained wood furniture or cabinets.
I went with some deep cushions on this bench, but it looks great with just the cedar too.

Easy to follow steps for this beautiful DIY Blue Distressed Paint using petroleum jelly (Vaseline) and Magnolia Homes by Kilz paint color Demo Day. Paint an Outdoor Bench or any furniture with these steps.

Can you believe that I bought that live edge cedar for just $25?! It’s beautiful!
Easy to follow steps for this beautiful DIY Blue Distressed Paint using petroleum jelly (Vaseline) and Magnolia Homes by Kilz paint color Demo Day. Paint an Outdoor Bench or any furniture with these steps.
I love the clean straight lines in this DIY Outdoor Bench.
Easy to follow steps for this beautiful DIY Blue Distressed Paint using petroleum jelly (Vaseline) and Magnolia Homes by Kilz paint color Demo Day. Paint an Outdoor Bench or any furniture with these steps.
I’m drawing up printable plans to go with the step by step tutorial and how-to video for this bench, this week.

Easy to follow steps for this beautiful DIY Vaseline Distressed Paint using petroleum jelly (Vaseline) and Magnolia Homes by Kilz paint color Demo Day. Paint an Outdoor Bench or any furniture with these steps.

Look at that beautiful grain and variation in color.
How to steps for this before and after furniture makeover using chalk paint and vaseline for distressing. Steps to get this look on unfinished wood and already stained wood furniture or cabinets.
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Looking for more of my DIY Furniture Makeover videos? You can see them here, on my YouTube channel. ๐Ÿ™‚


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6 thoughts on “DIY Blue Distressed Paint using Petroleum Jelly”

    • Thanks! Luckily, my local Ace Hardware sells Cedar from the owners farm. You could try local hardwood suppliers for cheap Live Edge options. They might surprise you. Or, post on a local FB group or NextDoor asking if anyone sells lumber. I’ve had pretty good luck that way. ๐Ÿ™‚

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