Kara S.
Kara S.
  • Hometalk Team
  • Houston, TX

Distressing Technique Using Soap

6 Materials
$20
45 Minutes
Easy

In love with the antique look but don't have the money to spend on pricy heirlooms? Here's the perfect way to get the aged look with just a bar of soap!

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I started with a wooden frame. I chose this frame because of all the detail. I removed the backing and glass.

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Next, I took a bar of regular soap and began scrubbing the frame. The soap came off easily and adhered to the frame with no problems. It was also super easy to build up. I was sure to go heavy handed on the edges and nooks.

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I than painted over the soap. Be sure to really coat the frame in paint. Make sure to cover all the soap.

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After it was dry, I too fine grain sandpaper to the edges. The paint practically melted off, it was so easy! Be carefully not to get too carried away or you won't have any paint left

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That's all there is to it! Here is my final product, I'm so happy with how it came out.

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I also tried this on plastic by just sanding it first. Lightly scoring it helps the paint to stick.

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Lastly, my jewelry dish. I hope I gave you some ideas to start soap distressing on your own!

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  • Kaz
    on Nov 14, 2018

    Great idea...works with vaseline too...thanks 😊

  • Diane R
    on Jan 9, 2019

    and it works with a small hand sander

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