I let the beads of vinegar-water sit for 20 seconds or so, depending on how long I had let the paint dry, and then it was time to begin!
- I sprayed on the vinegar-water:
- I took a paper napkin, folded it up and dampened it with the vinegar-water solution. I wanted everything that came in contact with the finish to be soft (kind of like fine sandpaper instead of rough, get it?)
- I took the damp napkin and gently dabbed (up and down, not side to side) the beads of vinegar, and voila! The vinegar had started to eat away at the paint (this worked better if I only let the paint dry a few minutes rather than an hour or so… I had to rub a bit more on drier paint).
- Then I gently started to rub the damp napkin in circles to widen those distressed areas and start sloughing off more of the paint. I found that using the pads of my fingers when rubbing with the napkin, versus the tips of my fingers, helped lessen the pressure and the chance of giant flakes of paint coming loose:
- Use your judgment to achieve your ‘ideal’ look — I sprayed a bit more vinegar on and then rubbed very lightly because I wanted a scattering of very tiny holes too, not just the larger ones I had rubbed off:
- I finished it off with one or two very light coats of the Looking Glass spray paint, to add a bit of dimension to the spots that had no paint — I still wanted them to glow, shimmer, look a tad mirror-y… pick your word!
Update: Wondering if the Looking Glass spray paint is necessary? Check this post out…