Have you tried dry brush painting? The technique is so easy and so fast you won’t believe it. I have photos and a video showing the technique I used on this project.
Dry Brush Painting Technique / Outdoor Furniture
It’s Furniture Fixer Upper day and the links to all of the makeovers are at the bottom of this post. You’ll want to visit everyone…..I do……idea central.
I took the chair to my booth and listed it for $24. I even had a sale one time and no one wanted it. I can’t figure that out. I like the chair myself. It’s hard to see in this photo but the back slats are curved. Really cool….and the chair is REAL wood. That’s hard to come by. Anyway, I decided to bring it home and use it myself. No sense in a perfectly good chair going to waste.
For this project I selected two pretty FolkArt Coastal paint colors, Ocean and Sea Mist.
I use a very dry paint brush and apply the paint by lightly brushing the paint across the slats and then up and down the slats. Or you could do the reverse. The only rule for dry brush painting is the “very dry brush” rule.
I applied the darker Ocean color first.
Then I applied the lighter Sea Mist using the same technique. To make the project easier I put a bit of the paint onto a piece of heavy cardboard then dip the brush in the paint and wipe the brush dry (dry brush).
The whole process from painting, to staging the photo, to taking the photos took a couple of hours. The paint dries really, really, fast. I mean, there isn’t much there to start with.
The video shows the dry brush painting process. It’s much better if you can actually see the brush action instead of me trying to explain it.
Dry Brush Paint Technique – Very Short Video Tutorial
The pillow came from a local thrift/flea/antique store.
See the nicely curved slat on the back.
The Sea Mist is a pretty light green but it almost looks white against the darker Ocean blue.
After dry brushing I “mushed” a bit of paint here and there. Don’t be afraid to experiment with paint. That’s the fun part.
Dry Brush Painting Technique for Furniture
Time to visit my fixer upper friends. Click the pink text links below the photo collage.
Try dry brushing some furniture or accessories and let me know how it turns out. Have a great weekend and Memorial Day. I’ll see you next week.
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com