Chippy Wall Brackets {Vaseline Technique}

Please someone tell me that I’m not the only one that lets things sit around forever before actually getting to them!!! Rarely does a project come into my home that I tackle immediately. Usually I let an item sit around until I decide what I want to do with it or I have the time to tackle it. These wall brackets were a perfect example of that! I finally got to them and turned them into my Chippy Wall Brackets
This is how the wall brackets started out. They are alright…just a little too…gold for me. Anyways, they needed a makeover and I was going to give it to them. I just didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do with them. Then I decided they needed a little Vaseline Technique makeover. 
First I primered the wall brackets then I started with some brown textured spray paint that I had lying around from another project. I was going for a rusty look.
Once the rusty brown paint was dry I grabbed some Vaseline. Such a random item in your diy arsenal, I know! I spread the Vaseline on high points and just random places all over the wall brackets. 
It was then time to add the top coat of paint. I used Rustoleum’s Heirloom White. I simply painted the entire brackets in the creamy white paint, making sure of course to cover all of the Vaseline covered areas. 
Once the white paint was dry, I used a rag to wipe away at the Vaseline covered spots. The Vaseline wipes off quite nicely and easily. Then I gave the brackets a coat of clear coat spray. 
I absolutely love the effect that the Vaseline technique has. It makes the item look so chippy and worn but in a more natural way, in a way that sanding sometimes doesn’t give.
I think they turned out quite fabulously. Their chippiness and shabbiness look so natural, which makes me so happy. I am a big lover of all things white and chippy!!!

I tried the Vaseline Technique several months ago on a discarded screen door. I absolutely love this technique and I’m thinking that I need to use it more!!!

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  1. I think they turned out quite fabulously too!!!
    Beautiful job

  2. I had never heard of using vaseline. What a great idea. I’ll certainly be trying this! Your wall sconces look wonderful. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. You are definitely not alone Courtney. I’m always bringing home great finds because I know I’ll do something with them. Every so often I know exactly what I’m going to do, but most of the time I have to let the idea of them steep in my brain awhile, sometimes a long while, until inspiration strikes. These brackets turned out so great! Just the perfect amount of chippiness!
    Tuula 🙂

  4. Wow!!! I love them! I agree that they look very natural, like they are weather worn almost. I’m going to the thrift store to find some old wall brackets today! 🙂

  5. THIS IS AMAZING!!!! Thanks for sharing. Didn’t know vaseline could work like that.

  6. These look great!!

  7. LOVE this! I’ve always heard about the vaseline technique but never actually read a tutorial. Hmmm…I see lots of white & chippy things in my future. 🙂

  8. This seems like the easiest way to get the “chippy” look. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Shut Up! Those are fabulous!! wow, I have never used Vaseline before but I’m thinking I need to try it. It does look better than the sandpaper method…does it work for brushing on paint too?

  10. Okay- I’m totally inspired. These came out great.

  11. So lovely!!! The white pumpkins are perfect on it:)

  12. I have used wax before but not Vaseline. Thanks for the great tip – I love these shelves. It was good that you let things brew in your brain! I like the white pumpkin accents!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  13. What a beautiful set of shelves! They look fantastic.

  14. Love Love Love (and pinned) your chippy wall brackets – I don’t think I have any Vaseline, but by tomorrow I will. Thanks for sharing.

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