This morning while working on a project, I couldn't resist taking photos (as usual!), and during that process I thought of an idea for a very quick and simple tutorial for you. This is a simple method I learned a while back, and I use it often! If you enjoy the look of distressed furniture, this is the tutorial for you!
1. Sanding is used to help achieve a distressed look. The sanding process will strip away your surface color. In the photo below, you can see where I've sanded. This piece is originally a dark wood finish, but the sanded area looks light. This is because when I sanded, I sanded away the original dark finish that I wanted to keep! (I like darker wood peeking through on distressed pieces). The simple solution? Vaseline! Vaseline acts as a barrier, protecting the wood surface.
In the photo below, again you can see where I've sanded. But in this case, I applied Vaseline over the original wood finish before painting it. Therefore, the dark surface was protected from the sanding process. And my result? A beautiful dark wood finish that I want to see peeking through.