Easy Dry Brush Paint Technique
The dry brush paint technique for home decor accessories and even furniture is the easiest paint technique you can do. It perks up dull decor in seconds.
Look at the highlighted details on this frame. They were a little flat before I dry brushed them with white paint.
This is how the frame looked before I worked on it. I think the popularity of hanging empty frames on the wall as decor is dying down but I still have a large stash of frames, so if I’m looking for a quick easy project, I grab one.
My posts that feature the dry brush paint technique always stir up a lot of interest. People comment on the post or email asking how to get “the look”. Sometimes I’m tempted to give them a long drawn out 3 page narrative about the difficulties and time involved in the project. Because I’m so bad. I hate to admit how simple it is. Maybe 5 minutes tops…….or maybe 5 seconds.
The dry brushing itself takes about 5 seconds. Getting the supplies together and ready to paint may add up to 5 minutes. And the drying time is even less because of the thin coats of paint.
I love doing this technique on highly detailed antique frames but I didn’t have one on hand. This frame has lots of details but they aren’t raised as much as I would like.
Usually I pour the paint onto a paper plate but I used the bottom of a red cup so the white paint would show up in the photo. I dipped the bristle tips into the paint and then brushed almost all the paint off onto the paper towel. Yes, keep wiping until you think there isn’t any more paint on the brush. Then you are ready to paint. The secret of the dry-brush technique is a dry brush. I’m not trying to be funny. That is the secret.
I brushed lightly over the frame and you can see the results in the photo. That was a couple of passes of the brush. I dry-brush the complete frame and if the paint doesn’t stand out enough for me I go over the frame with more paint until I get the look I want. Remember, you can always repeat the process and add more paint but you can’t take excess paint off!
The look can be highly uniform or more random. I tend to like the imperfect finish. Not so cookie-cutter. I call it perfectly imperfect.
It was all done with a flick or two of the wrist in under 5 minutes.
More of my dry brush projects you need to see. Just click the pink links below the photos.
Highly detailed frames with heavy dry-brushing in Aqua.
What do you think of the dry brushing paint technique now that you’ve seen how easy it is? Think you might give it a try? If you do let me know how it goes.
As always, thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy