DIY Faux Chippy Paint Look Using Vaseline

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Before I begin, this project is definitely not everyone's cup of tea! For some, the thought of ruining a paint job by chipping the paint off, seems completely ridiculous!

I'm not one of those people! Lol OK, I'm a huge fan of vintage and chippy wood. Of course, the real deal is the prettiest; but can't always be found for a reasonable price.

Trying to create a natural looking chippy paint can be tough. If you just use sandpaper, you may end up with more scratches than chippy.

I'm going to show you how to achieve a more authentic looking chip using Vaseline.


I found this shelf at the Goodwill. I really loved the vintage feel this piece had. I figured this would be a good piece to paint and add some vintage faux chippy paint.


I saw this trick on another blog, and decided to give it a try. You will just need regular Vaseline and some q-tips.

Applying the Vaseline

Before getting started, if you use your Vaseline on your own skin, I would suggest taking a glob of Vaseline from the container to work from. That way you are not placing a dirty q-tip into your Vaseline container.

You will only need a small amount of Vaseline to apply to each area you want a chippy look. To keep a more authentic look, I would suggest applying Vaseline to areas where normal wear and tear would happen. For instance, corners and the base area. I've seen some faux chippy attempts that look more like a spotted cow.

I added some Vaseline areas along the front of the shelf, as well.


I always us chalk paint. It's may favorite to work with. It requires little prep work, and can easily be sanded. I used House and Canvas chalk paint, in the color Champagne. This is a nice antique white.

You will apply your paint right over your Vaseline, just like you would paint any piece.


Once your paint is dry, you will lightly sand over the areas you placed the Vaseline. I used a 120 grit. You will notice the paint will chip right off where the Vaseline is placed.

This is what your faux chippy will look like. It looks a bit more natural than just using sandpaper.

Paint touch-ups

If you happen to scratch your paint, while sanding the paint, you can easily apply a light coat of paint to the area, to cover.

As you can see, placing the Vaseline on the corners and outside edges, really created a more authentic chippy look.

After you achieve the level of chippy you want, you will need to seal your paint. You can use either wax or polycrylic.

Final project

All in all, I think the shelf turned out pretty. It really wasn't much to look at before; and now it has some character to it.

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