I recently had a custom work request from a customer who wanted one of my trays in a distressed mint finish. Now, distressed can mean different things to different people so I set out making two different trays. Both mint green. Both distressed. However, two entirely different looks.
After I assembled the first tray I simply painted the tray in the mint green chalk paint that I had mixed together.
***You can find detailed instructions on how to make this easy tray here: http://www.sawdustchicks.com/home/decorative-wood-tray
To make this paint I added mint green acrylic paint to white chalk paint. Easy enough, right?
From here, I used my sander and just roughed up the finish to give it a subtle distressing.
TECHNIQUE 2: Vaseline
So...I wanted to try something else to see if I could give it a more in-your-face distressing. Before I assembled my base I randomly stained the boards. Once this dried, I assembled the base and then smeared a very thin layer of Vaseline over each of the areas that I stained.
Next, I painted over the whole base with the mint green chalk paint. Once this dried, I took a paper towel and wiped the Vaseline areas off.
Now I did have to clean it up a bit with additional paint and light sanding. But I was supper happy with how the second technique turned out.
Here's how it turned out!
I really love both trays, but if I'm honest, I'd choose the second one...Which one's your favorite?