Don't lie. You KNOW you have said those exact words in your head, or out loud...
Ok, maybe I am paraphrasing a bit.
But you know you want to know the trick already... right?!
The trick is so simple, so cheap, and so readily available that when I tell you what it is, you will either want to kiss me, or want to immediately run to your craft room (or garage, kitchen, living room... where the crafting magic happens... ok?) and use this little trick.
Should I draw this out any longer or should I go ahead and tell you what the household item is?
Wax in particular. Any wax candle will do the trick. I grabbed an old votive candle that hadn't seen the light of day, let alone a match, in years and went to town on a project I have been working on: a mason jar key holder.
First start with a clean piece of wood.
Start sanding the edges and any place where you rubbed your wax and the wax will easily strip off, revealing your first paint color underneath. Don't press so hard that you pull off the wax and the bottom layer of paint. I like to rough up the entire project (GENTLY though!) so that I don't miss any pieces of wax. This ensures that the entire project looks nice and worn.
This trick works for any project you can imagine: dressers, shelves, tables, picture frames, etc.