Dry brushing is one of my favorite techniques for painting furniture. Here are my tips and tricks for dry brushing furniture – plus I made a quick video showing exactly how to get a dry brushed effect and what to do if you feel like you have messed up! There ain’t nuthin’ we can’t fix around here!
One of the bonuses of my new studio is my neighbor. He has one of the best junk collections in Edmond and I get to go dig around in his stash as much as I want! PS: If you take one of my workshops I will share my top secret junk spot with you after class so you can shop his treasures too! Anyway, he gave me this little half moon demilune table as a welcome to the neighborhood gift. Talk about knowing the way to my heart!
The top was in rough shape as you can tell. It screamed “welcome to bleed thru city!” to me!
I wiped down the entire thing in TSP and it worked miracles. Seriously that stuff is magical! I used it when I painted my kitchen island and it was so clean when I was done I almost didn’t paint it.
I painted the entire piece in Privilege – a yummy vintage green color. When I was making my custom paint colors everything I mixed came so close to this color. I ended up scratching the color I was trying to mix because Privilege was right on the money!
When I brushed two coats of paint onto the table I moved my brush in all directions to create lots of texture with the paint.
I love me some textured finishes!
Then I dried brushed Row House all over the table, focusing on the piece’s detail and highlighting all of the texture I had created.
Here is where things get real folks. I made a YouTube Video to show you exactly how to do a dry brush technique. I have resisted doing videos for so long. I don’t know why but it just doesn’t feel comfortable to me. How can I be on the news and not want to do videos? Weird. But there is only so much I can say in a blog post without actually SHOWING you how to do it. And other than sitting down in each of your living rooms to give you a little dry brushing sesh a YouTube video seems like the next best thing.
Okay, was the video totally awkie? I realized after the fact I was sort of whispering because my baby chicken nugget was sleeping in his swing in the same room. I would love it if you left a comment, subscribed, or gave it a thumbs up – or whatever YouTube people do to get famous. Just kidding. I don’t want to be famous I just want to help people with their projects and give you a little inspiration to try new techniques. I did have fun making the video and I am going to try to weave videos into my blog posts more often.
I love how this little table has a new lease on life. I am saving it to sell at Lost & Foundry Monthly Market coming in April.