I got this supremely beautiful dresser from my friend Clara, and it's been languishing in my garage for a couple months. I just didn't know what I wanted to do with it, other than cover it in paint. BORRRRING.
I've been wanting to try dry brushing with a couple colors on raw wood that has lots of grain showing, and hot dang! Inspiration struck. So I finally hauled my rear out there, put it on an old duvet cover, removed the hardware and gave it some love. Here's the after:
Now prepare yourself for a dramatic play by play including video of how the deed was done.
Because this piece didn't have any real finish left....it was almost nekkid, I just sanded it with a medium grit sanding sponge, wiped it off with dollar store baby wipes, then wiped it down really well with an old t-shirt using this:
Then went straight to my trusty mistints and pulled out some greens.
Now remember, I'm just kinda playing around. The only way to get over your fear of messing up is by simply jumping into a project....just be sure it's not your great gramma's dining hutch for your first try. It's also nice to use paint you got for free or almost free. Each time I paint a piece I learn something new....and usually by messing up. I'm to a point now where the mess-ups don't happen as frequently, and I can actually use some tricks of the trade.
But every piece evolves as you're working on it, and if you're taking the time to listen, it'll tell you what will work best. And it just might not be a glossy, factory finish....it might want the drunk person look. Be glad if that's what it tells you because it's a very forgiving process :) Dry brushing, mixing up cans of ooops paint, and distressing are the fancy names for getting the 'drunk person painted this' look. Just thought I'd clue you in there.
BTW, always save old smallish paint cans to store unused, homemade paint colors:
And finger paint the color on the lid so you feel like a professional at Home Depot without the orange hair dryer. It also helps to write where you used this color if you've mixed up say, four thousand teal/aqua/turquoise-y shades. Hadn't done that yet in the pic. Uh, still haven't.
So this dresser was whining about being just spray painted heirloom white, and was begging to be adorned in a worn, beachy cottage look. It needed to be touched with human hands, sanded and coaxed and stroked back to life. So I just pretended I was a drunk person and brushed that paint on. Watch me in action, and be
Shoulda done some serious editing, and maybe taken some speech classes in high school, but honestly, you're lucky I didn't show you the clip with my bat wings flapping whilst going back and forth over the top with my brush. I'm also not exactly sure why my skin is Ompa-Loompa orange.....Anyway, obviously, I don't usually go with a set-in-stone plan when I'm playing. There are times I do have a plan and follow it perfectly, but that's happened about ........ok, it's never happened.
Oh look, here's a random shot of what my guys were doing while I was DIY'ing...
Okay, well then. Homeschooling creativity at its finest, right there.
So that took all of a couple hours. I felt invested in it....more-so than when I spray paint a piece. I hand-mixed the colors. I fiddled with different sand papers. My hands touched every surface. I felt like I was in preschool again. This is playtime, girls. Seriously. I'm learning to be patient and to respect the pieces I work on. So far, that's serving me well. So well that I'm considering re-doing several of my sprayed pieces. Working on projects like this is very theraputic, cathartic, and makes you feel all ying-yangy. Except when you're faced with this:
And you realize you've done this:
And ya have to use some of this:
To fix this:
And in order to do that, you have to do thist:
And don't forget this:
Before getting to this:
Because you've visited every Menards/Home Depot/Lowes/Do It Best in the midwest and just decided to go with what 'cha had to begin with. *rolling eyes*
Speaking of techniques. (Was I? No? Ah, well go with me here anyway). There are so many ways to age a painted piece. The stuff I did in this post was specific for an antique, almost nekkid wood dresser. I basically just got clued in to what the dresser wanted to wear, then worked backward to figure out how to prep and paint it.
Heres' the steps for my Looks Like a Drunk Person Painted It Dry Brush Technique, as shown in the oscar-worthy videos:
~Lightly sand/wipe down (or strip old finish to get down to fairly raw wood) and use deglosser/cleaner.
~Dry brush one color in random patches smoothing out the paint with the grain, using both the flat and side surfaces of the brush.
~Dry brush a second color in the same manner.
~Feel free to repeat the last two steps till the piece screams it's had enough, goshdarnit.
~Use coarse sandpaper to distress edges
~Use medium grit to smooth everything down
~Wipe on and buff out a couple coats of paste wax or Howards Feed and Wax.
One nice thing about dry brushing is that it soaks into the wood and dries very quickly. It's about as close to instant gratification as you can get with a paint brush.
Here's a few more 'afters':
It seems to take on a really green cast in these pics, but it has more blue in person.
Unfortunately I don't have anyplace to put it! Is there anyone local out there who might be interested? Shoot me an email and I'll give you the info.
Hope you've gleaned some info or was at least entertained by my tutorial on painting like a drunk person. Let me know if you have any other questions. I'm working on doing other tutes like this too, because I just know how much my readers enjoy my mad filming skillz.
Here's lookin' at you, kid.
I'll be visiting these parties this week. I'll bring the Little Debbies.
Metamorphosis Monday @ BNOTP
Show Off Your Cottage Monday @ The House in the Roses
Anything Related @ All Things Related
Making the World Cuter
Mad Skills @ Mad in Crafts
Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping it Simple
The DIY Show Off
Debbiedoos B and A Party
Twice Owned Tuesday @ House of Grace
Tutorial Tuesday @ Hope Studios
Power of Paint Party @Domestically Speaking
Piece of Work Wednesday @ Primitive and Proper
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage
Time Travel Thursday @ Brambleberry Cottage
Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions
Furniture Feature Friday @ Mustard Seed Creations
Fresh Coat Fridays @ Life in the Fun Lane
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Show and Share Day @ Just a Girl
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Remodelaholic Friday Linky
Simply Designing Link Party
Favorite Things Friday @ A Few of My Favorite Things
Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground
Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Style Feature Saturday @ Perfectly Imperfect
Show and Tell Saturdays @ be different, act normal.
The Gorilla Glue Party Event @ DIY Club, inc. (tried to add the button but just got a broken link...)
Weekend Wrapup Party @ tatertots and jello
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table and Dreaming
Traci's Best DIY Projects of September