How to Wet Distress by RGC

By Barb Skivington for Real Girls Create

Use this gentle distressing method when you want to rub away one or more paint colors, creating an aged or worn look. This is quick and easy to achieve and looks best when the design and shape are strong or there are interesting carvings or details.



Apply one or more Chalk Paint® colors. In the above example, I applied Provence and Antibes Green Chalk Paint® over a metallic gold charger. To protect the metallic gold color from wearing away, I sealed the charger with a quick spray coat of clear shellac before painting.


Before distressing, make sure that your paint layers are completely dry.

Gently rub the edges and other details of your piece with a damp cloth (or even a kitchen sponge), removing the top layer of paint to reveal the underlying color. Take care to occasionally wipe away any “slurry” that forms on the surface so you can see your progress. Rinse out your cloth to remove any accumulation of paint as you go.

When you are pleased with the results, let the surface dry completely.

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