Aged/Peeling paint technique……

We all know that a new coat of paint can completely transform a good second hand find into a GREAT find! and paint is so easy too!!!

To get that old or aged look in a “newer” item, I wanted to share a little technique I learned.
If you give this technique a try share your project in the Brassy Apple Projects Flickr Group
Object to be painted
Bar of Soap – needs to be a pure soap like Dove or Ivory
Let’s start!
The soap creates a “waxy” layer that helps the paint to be sanded off easier to reveal the color or material underneath of it. Normally the edges are sanded to give some contrast to an object but this technique allows you to create more interest and age in your projects.
Determine how many layers (colors) you will have and if there are certain places that you will want the paint to be sanded off.
I chose to work with 3 colors for my project. I applied a base coat (brown color) to this large wooden letter. Once it was dry I applied a thick layer of the soap in certain areas and then applied a second layer of paint (mustard color) on top of the that.
If you don’t sand that layers as you go, then be sure to apply the soap in the same area on top of the new coat of paint that you did with the first layer. I wasn’t sure the look I wanted and how much of each color I would use, so I sanded to my first layer (brown) through the second layer (mustard).

Then I applied the last color (blue) leaving the areas I had already sanded exposed.

When my top coat was dry I sanded over the areas I had applied the layer of soap. You can sand a little or a lot to get whatever look fits!

I furthered the aged and weathered look of my wooden letter by applying a thin layer of brown paint with a rag onto the top coat of paint. Rubbing the paint into the cracks of the peeled paint and applying more in the corners, etc. Just apply and wipe, dab – repeat to achieve the depth of colors that you like.

And that’s it! A beautifully aged piece that is new but has all the character and style of a one of a kind treasure!

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  1. Your Letter looks Perfect – fantastic photos too 🙂

  2. Megan,
    Thank you for sharing this fabulous technique! I had no idea how to do this!
    I’ll be featuring!

  3. Wow – that is awesome. I love how you applied the soap to it. I am looking around trying to find something to try that out on. So cool!


  4. Great tutorial! I love learning new techniques. Thanks so much for this. Great project here and I can’t wait to try it myself!

  5. This is a wonderful tutorial…I am always looking for tips to distress better and more realistically-thank you!!

  6. I LOVE IT! I am going to have to find something to paint today! Thanks for sharing!

  7. What a great tip-Thanks!

  8. that looks so beautifully aged

  9. you put the “P” in perfect! ha ha-i crack my self up! that is awesome-thans for sharing.

  10. I love it. I have also used rubber cement to achieve a chippy paint. I’ve never done soap I think I’ll try it soon.

  11. clever! I would have never thought of using soap! Great tutorial! thanks!

  12. I just found you and had to stay awhile. I love all your tutorials!! you can be I’m going to be a follower.

  13. This is exactly the tutorial I needed for a project I’ve been working on. Thanks so much! Soap. Go figure!

  14. Great tutorial! I love this chippy look, and will try my hand at it.

    I also heard you can use tealight wax?


  15. LOVE this look! thanks for sharing… soap can do wonders! Great for filling in holes in your wall too! Just get the right color soap, never know there was a hole there. 🙂

  16. Awesome! I have a little old bench that I am totally going to try this out on! Thanks for the tutorial! 🙂

  17. L-O-V-E it!!!
    Thanks for sharing;}

  18. A whole-lotta-awesomeness going on right here! Who knew soap was so versatile…hahaha!

  19. Thank you for sharing. I will be using this!


  20. Thanks for this great idea! I’ve been wanting to recreate an old door, and I think this technique will work great!
    You’ve got a great blog…and I’ll be adding you to my list!

  21. Thanks! I never would have thought of the soap! Now you don’t have to be the lucky recipient of barnwood. Awesome!

  22. Ooo! I love this! You make it look so easy. I recently bought a big and badly painted letter from the thrift store with intentions to give it to my parents. Maybe this is the technique that I need to get it spiffy!

  23. I never would have thought of using soap, but it really seems to work! Thanks for the great idea!

  24. This is a great tutorial. I ve done this a few times on furniture, and it works wonderfully!

  25. Beautiful! I love the colors. Thanks for sharing this technique.


  26. I love aged, peeling, crackling paint! Thanks for the tutorial. It looks terrific!!

  27. Thanks, exactly was looking for. I need some aged wood *fast*, haha…
    Appreciate your time and generosity!

  28. Love this!! Thank you for sharing!! 🙂

  29. Way cute! I have a letter “K” I have been wanting to repaint for a while, I think I will try it out today! Do you know if this technique would work on metal??


  30. So cool! I love how that turned out!

  31. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us. One of the best ideas & you never know how things are going to turn out, so it helped so much to see it and have it explained. Great job.
    Betty Whatley
    Down Memory Lane

  32. What sort of paint works best for this technique?

  33. This is an excellent technique. I’m pinning this right now!

  34. Thanks for your info. I have now used it to make so many craft signs in my own home. I just started a blog and will post credit to you for your techniques. Thanks again!

  35. This may seem like a stupid question…but I don’t do a lot of arts and craft projects…where did you get your huge letter?

  36. That’s wonderful Holly! send me the link when you do! I’d love to see what you’ve created! 🙂

  37. agentjodi – not at all! 🙂 You can get them like a Michael’s craft store or even Joann’s fabric. I know JoAnns has large letters and they have 40% off coupons too you could use on them. Try hobby lobby. And they have a weekly coupon too! 🙂 good luck!!!

  38. Every time I see this on my pinterest board, I’m inspired all over again. Just thought I’d come by and let you know. Really great work.

  39. I love this! Does it matter what type of paint you use? I wanted to do this with a door and wasn’t sure if I should use normal wall paint or what would be best.

  40. Mrs. Boucher – I am not sure if it matters or not. I have only used craft paint. Good luck! 😉

  41. P for Perfection, ill be trying this for sure

  42. I used your tutorial and did a link back on my blog. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  43. Looks great! I also use candle wax instead of soap, works the same.

  44. I am so excited to try this technique to make a rustic looking welcome sign for a wreath I am making! Gonna try spray paint and craft paint on old pallet scrap wood. I will be sure to share a pic with you!

  45. Hello and thank you thank you! I have tried many techniques but this is the one I have truly been looking for! I am going to paint some religious statues tomorrow and I wanted them to look so so old. I can get the look with different paints but I have been having trouble with the peeling paint effect because, candle wax, vaseline, crackle or glue does not work with chalk paint. I think this will! Can’t wait to paint my statues tomorrow.

  46. Brassyapple says

    hello! I assume it would. also try using a razor blade instead of sanding it. Or google that technique. It will help grab those pieces off for the chippy look! 🙂 good luck!

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