Distress With Candle Wax

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I bought these awesome cheap bi-fold doors at the Restore. Two were white and one was unfinished wood. I distressed them all, but the two white ones I did a little differently than the unfinished wood one.

The first thing I did was get a small tealight candle. It sat out in the sun for a few minutes so it was a little soft, and I think it worked better actually. I took it out of the tin and just rubbed it all over the door, particularly in the spots where I wanted it to be the most distressed.

Then I painted it: first with spray primer and then with white spray paint. After it dried, I rubbed it all down with some 220 grit sandpaper and the paint came right off where I put the candle wax.

So basically it seems to be the same kind of thing as the Vasoline trick..at first glance. But it’s not! I do feel like it’s much easier to do the candle wax–more control, easier to go crazy and end up with a good result.

I’m loving my distressed shutters. They all turned out pretty different but it adds so much character and authenticity.


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  • Kim Kim on Jan 26, 2019

    I have a couple pairs of louvered bifold doors like these, and I am itching to do something with them. What are you going to use these for?

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