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DIY Aged Chippy Paint Technique | Pretty Handy Girl

This is another one of those tutorials that I’ve been dying to share with you! Like sitting on my hands and anxiously waiting to type it out. But after taking 2 weeks off from blogging, I’m back and ready to give you this fabulous tutorial for achieving the aged chippy paint look on your next project.

DIY Aged Chippy Paint Technique | Pretty Handy Girl

Before I give you the chippy gritty, I want to give you the background story on those gorgeous corbels.

If you’ve been following along, I finally completed my 13 month kitchen renovation. The last task was installing two open shelves on the full tile wall. Finding the perfect corbels to use as shelf brackets was not an easy task. I scoured eBay, Craig’s List and salvage shops. I was really getting discouraged. That was when I met Garlan from Southern Accents Architectural Antiques at Haven. We talked for a few minutes and he showed me some of the corbels he had in his store. There were some wonderful old ones, but I felt a bit like Goldilocks. One was too tall. The other not big enough, but the biggest problem was that I needed four of them. Garlan showed me some new corbels that he had. He told me he has a guy that can duplicate any corbel design and can customize them to meet any size requirements. It was as if the heavens parted and angels sang! I was elated and couldn’t wait to find an image of a design I liked. But, again, the Goldilocks in me couldn’t find the “perfect” corbels. So, I opened up Adobe Illustrator and started to design my own unique corbels.

Chippy Paint Technique

PHG Corbel Design for


I designed a scroll pattern based off of one corbel I saw, but also added some relief portions inside the corbel. I sent the image to Garlan and a week later he sent me a picture of one of the corbels. It was love at first sight! I quickly approved the initial one and waited anxiously for the corbels to arrive. When I opened the box, they were beautiful and exactly as I had pictured them in my head.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques corbels

I set forth to give them an appropriate aged chippy paint look to fool people into thinking they were actually antique salvage. Here’s how I did it.

Chippy Paint Technique Materials:

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Chippy Paint Technique Instructions:

First stain the wood using Early American by Minwax. Once the stain has thoroughly dried (overnight), mix your milk paint. (I mixed several of Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint colors together (French Enamel, Linen and Ironstone) to achieve the color blue I wanted.)

DIY Aged Chippy Paint Technique | Pretty Handy Girl

Paint three coats of the milk paint mixture, using a smaller brush to paint inside the scroll cut out.

DIY Aged Chippy Paint Technique | Pretty Handy Girl

Once the paint has dried, it’s time to start distressing. Wet a sponge and lightly wring it out. Lay the wet sponge onto the wood where you want to distress. After the water has time to soak into the paint a little, take a dry rag and rub at the wet area to remove some of the paint.

DIY Aged Chippy Paint Technique | Pretty Handy Girl

Next wipe some petroleum jelly on a few areas of the wood that you want to resist paint.

DIY Aged Chippy Paint Technique | Pretty Handy Girl

Paint white chalk paint over the entire piece (I didn’t paint inside the scroll design.) You can add a second coat if you desire a whiter finish.

DIY Aged Chippy Paint Technique | Pretty Handy Girl

After the chalk paint has dried, rub the putty knife over the paint. Areas where the vaseline is should lift up easily and create some chipping.

DIY Aged Chippy Paint Technique | Pretty Handy Girl

Lightly sand to remove more paint and distress further.

DIY Aged Chippy Paint Technique | Pretty Handy Girl

To truly achieve the antique look, you need to “dirty” the wood now. Use the frayed brush to lightly dry brush My Secret Rustic Glaze Formula onto several areas on the wood. Less is definitely more when it comes to glazing. For more tips on glazing you might want to read my tutorial on  how to use asphaltum glaze.

DIY Aged Chippy Paint Technique | Pretty Handy Girl

When you’re done, you should have a beautifully aged and chippy show stopper!

DIY Aged Chippy Paint Technique | Pretty Handy Girl

Tell the truth, did you know these were new corbels when you first saw them?

DIY Aged Chippy Paint Technique | Pretty Handy Girl

Stay tuned for the tutorial to hang shelves on a tile wall using corbel brackets.


Disclosure: Southern Accents Architectural Antiques provided the corbels for my kitchen in exchange for a mention in my post. As always, I choose the companies and brands I wish to work with. If I don’t like a product, service, etc. I don’t mention them on the blog. For more information about SAAA, or to order your own custom corbels check out their website, follow them on Google+ and check out their fabulous boards on Pinterest!


48 replies
  1. Sharon B.
    Sharon B. says:

    The corbel design is so beautiful and I absolutely love how you painted and distressed them. And the wood shelves look so good on the corbels. I am sure you are absolutely thrilled with how they turned out. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

  2. Caitlin
    Caitlin says:

    I love the contrast of the painted wood and the natural wood tones of the shelf! Just gorgeous. I am often looking for the perfect corbel for client’s designs so this is a great resource to have to know that I could have a custom designed corbel. Nicely done!

  3. Sheila Landry
    Sheila Landry says:

    I am a friend of Leldon Maxcy who cut these for Southern Accents. I have known him through scroll sawing and woodworking for nearly 20 years now. His work is amazing! I just wanted to say that I think you did a FABULOUS job finishing these beautiful corbels! I just finished a re-purposing project myself and the response was tremendous from people looking to add worn finishes like this. I think it is a strong trend right now. Thank you for sharing the tutorial on how you achieved this awesome look! It is really beautiful! 🙂 Sheila

  4. DRTVrMoi
    DRTVrMoi says:

    The corbels are beautifully designed and enhanced by the paint treatment. I just purchased my first home and am finally getting to put your tutorials to use. I already have the corbels but can’t find thick wood for the shelf. The chain home repair stores don’t carry thick pieces. Could you sugggest where I might find some wood for shelving? Thank you in advance

  5. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    Thanks Brittany for the shout out! We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE what you did with the corbels. They look amazing! Great tutorial…hope you don’t mind if we share!

  6. christy hollier
    christy hollier says:

    I’ve tried the vaseline trick before but it always ends…well….um…not a great as yours lets say.
    But I’m gonna give another try. Candle wax just doesn’t look as good as yours.
    When I saw Southern Accents I freaked……surely not my favorite place to wonder and drool BUT i clicked it and sure enough it was. OK now off to paint something……THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE INSPIRATION!!!!! i sure needed it!!

  7. Chuck Reed
    Chuck Reed says:

    My wife and I are in the process of buying a home and there’s quite a bit of unfinished wood paneling on the walls. I’d like to use some of your distressing techniques on the panels, including those in your chipping tutorial. Do you think milk and chalk paint is durable enough to be used on wood paneling and does it require any sealant? Thanks!

  8. Merari Rodriguez
    Merari Rodriguez says:

    Just WOW!!! This is the first I’ve heard about “mill paint! ” what’s the benefits of milk paint of i may ask? I’ve made a few comments today and have mentioned that I’m I’m self learner, but every YouTube video I’ve watched, it’s always suggesting chalk paint.

  9. Faith
    Faith says:

    Years later, and you still have new viewers coming to admire your work, amazing and so beautiful. I really like how you list your work step by step to help someone new to really fallow your tip and get the result you expect them to have !! You make great teacher!! Thank you =)

  10. Kylie Wobbrock
    Kylie Wobbrock says:

    I am going to use this technique to distress a dresser. Just trying to decide how much Milk paint to order. Do you think a sample size of each of the 3 colors will be enough after mixing?

  11. Christina Fullerton
    Christina Fullerton says:

    I have been doing more DIY projects lately, and I have been inspired by blogs and youtube videos – but I have to say that I have never been so inspired and motivated to try even more than I thought I ever could. Thank you for sharing your gifts and talents and I cannot wait to dig in and try some new projects (even with power tools…..gasp.)

  12. Diane Stein
    Diane Stein says:

    Love how you described this technique. I”m going to try this on a table tonight. I’m sharing this on my FB page Eclectic Beauty Studio.

  13. Susan Raley
    Susan Raley says:

    thank you for this idea. I’ve done something similar using wax but this time I’m going to use petroleum jelly as you suggested. can’t wait to try it.


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