This easy process mimics the dings and scrapes you'd see on a painted wood piece after decades of wear and tear. It's ideal for unvarnished wood furniture with interesting details, like the dresser at left.
Run solid beeswax along the corners, edges, and details that would naturally show signs of wear, to keep paint from adhering to those spots.
Paint the Base Layer
Mix powdered milk paint with water, and let sit for 10 minutes or until the pigment dissolves. Only mix what you need—it contains a natural protein that will sour after a few days; apply with a chip brush.
Scrape the Paint
When 90 percent dry, run a paint scraper over spots that would typically wear.
Use Tape to Remove Paint
Lay down painter's tape on flat surfaces, then carefully pull it up to remove some of the paint.
Seal With Wax
With a round wax brush, apply finishing wax in a circular motion, about 1 square foot at a time, wiping away any excess with a rag as you go.