How to Create a Chippy Paint Look

Want your next wood or metal paint project to look old?
You need:
– Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline)
-Two or more colors of spray paint
– Acrylic craft paint
-Spackle knife
-Walnut stain
-Baby oil
I am going to show you this technique on an old window that I will make
 into a daily message board.
Clean and prime the window area.
Apply the petroleum jelly where you want your wood or
 original finish to show through.
Then spray paint your first color of paint for the next “underneath” color.
Not the final color.
Once the spray paint is dry apply petroleum jelly in areas where
 this color will show through.
Then spray with your final coat color.
While the paint dries you can take an acrylic accent color
on a small craft brush and flip it.
(excuse the mess in the background)
This gives a little splashed paint look.
Let all the paint dry completely.
Use a Spackle knife to scrape off the petroleum jelly.
Wipe knife with towel as you go.
Then wipe the whole piece off with paper towels or an old t-shirt.
Scissors and a hand sander are great tools to get the edges worn.
If your wood underneath is new, you may want to add some walnut color stain to the exposed wood and then wipe it off. Rubbing stain on the whole thing and wiping it with a t-shirt will give it even more age, sort of a glazing idea. If you are doing a large piece of furniture – keep baby oil near by in case your stain doesn’t want to thin out well or spread around. Dab baby oil on your t-shirt/rag and rub where the stain is too dark or absorbed into the paint or wood too much. This will blend the stain.
This Post will show you that step.
Now I just have to finish the message board.
I will need a place to store chalk.
I picked up some metal napkin holders on clearance at Target.
With a couple of 1 inch screws I attached it to the window frame.
Drop in a tapered shot glass and fill it with chalk.
Check out the chippy details…
An old window that looks even older.
You can view my Salvaged Frame post HERE to see more chippy paint.
For another way to “antique” your projects View This Post.
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Love the idea of using vaseline. However, can this project be done using latex paint (instead of spray paint)? I want to use paint colors I already have on an old window to 'match' to my bathroom…

Shirley@Housepitality Designs

Fantastic project and a great tutorial….can't wait to try this technique!!…Beautiful window!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

I love the green color and what you did with the frame, just gorgeous!XOKristin

Leslie Harris

Holly, you rock! I love this tutorial, and I want to do this too! I've already bookmarked this page so I can come back to it when I find my window. Thanks for sharing,Leslie (aka Gwen Moss blog)


This is awesome! Great tips!LOVE the window-calendar idea…. Great thinking….

Jane Craske

Thanks so much for the great tutorial! Love it.


Yup this is friggin' awesome! I LOOOOOVE the finish…great project!


Love this!!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper

looks awesome!!! i love the green!


It looks fantastic. You did a great job! Thanks for sharing.


Think I have to pin this twice, one to chalkboards cuz I love it, and once to tips & tutorials so I try this.~Bliss~


What a great idea to hold the chalk! I hope you don't mind if I borrow that one:)Great project!


That looks great Holly! I'm pinning this to give it a try. Enjoy your weekend, Gail

Susan @

Holly I love it! The color is awesome and I love the home made chippy look. Did you paint chalk board paint right on the window? …. I never tried that! It doesn't scratch off? Love that! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!Susan


I haven't used petroleum jelly to age but might give it a try, thanks for the tutorial! Your message board looks great too!


Great idea, it looks perfectly worn and I love the color choices.


What a fabulous project! I love it. Gosh, you could make these and sell them. I love the idea of using the napkin ring and shot glass to hold chalk. I would've never thought of that. You've made yourself a one-of-a-king message board now!

Amy Kinser

Wow, girl, what a great tutorial. How did you learn all of that? It looks great.