Cami - The Crafting Nook
Cami - The Crafting Nook
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DIY Distressed Wood Look With Dry Brush Painting Technique

8 Materials
3 Hours

Learn how to create a Distressed Wood look with the simple dry brush painting technique in just a few steps. An awesome finish in a simple way!

diy distressed wood look with dry brush painting technique

Distressed wood furniture is one of my favorite painting techniques for rooms decorated with a rustic, cottage or farmhouse style. Distressed Technique is perfect for flea market finds, thrown away pieces or even those you might have kept from grandma around the house.

I used this technique to paint 2 crates and a couple boards to build a TV Console Table.

diy distressed wood look with dry brush painting technique

It's a super easy technique that requires no perfection at all. Actually the more imperfect the better it gets. You just need to clean your piece and stain the wood (if it's natural, sand it if not), let it dry and then get your favorite paint and a brush that this will be fun!

diy distressed wood look with dry brush painting technique

Once you piece is ready pour a little bit of paint in a plastic plate and barely dab the tip of your dry paintbrush into the paint and dabbed it on a piece f paper or paper towel to remove excess paint.

diy distressed wood look with dry brush painting technique

Use short, quick brush strokes in both directions (along the wood grain and across them) to give it a textured and accent the wood lines.

There's no right or wrong way here, just the way you like it! Add coats until you like the coverage.

Just keep going until you finish you piece, sand a little bit edges for a more rustic finish and the seal it with a spray mate varnish (brushed varnish will damage the technique finish).

diy distressed wood look with dry brush painting technique

This is how mine looks!

Hope you like it!

The estimates cost and times are subjective and relative since I'm talking about the technique and not the finished project. It will depend on your project specific needs.

If you want to see the full detailed tutorial, jump over to the blog. There's even a video tutorial waiting for you!

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  • Pbkmeme
    on Sep 3, 2019

    so cute

  • Debg
    on Sep 3, 2019

    Perhaps I should have used the term similar. Different process similar results. White wash can be thick and cover everything or lighter and similar to yours. But I still love what you did

    • Cami - The Crafting Nook
      on Sep 3, 2019

      See, that is great to know! I'm new to the whole wood painting thing so I often don't even know how something I do can be called. But thank you for letting me know this. Glad you like the results! you made my day!

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