Doodles & Stitches
Doodles & Stitches
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Dry Brush Old Wood Technique


How to dry brush over a dark stain to create a weathered wood look
dry brush old wood technique, chalk paint, how to, painted furniture
This table has quite the story. Three years ago, I bought it at a yard sale, for $15. Truthfully, it probably wasn't worth $5. It was in BAD shape but I was looking for a chunky, square table and it fit the description. I knew ASCP (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint) would fix it up and sure enough, it did the trick. I must admit that it was quite a challenge though. The table was covered in all kinds of nail polish, glue and other mystery substances. A month ago, I decided to apply a dark wax to the entire table, just for fun. Unfortunately, it accented all those places that I worked so hard to camouflage from 3 years ago. This is what I ended up with and I wasn't happy (see photo, below).
dry brush old wood technique, chalk paint, how to, painted furniture
dry brush old wood technique, chalk paint, how to, painted furniture
I began by using my electric sander to rough up the top of the table. I dusted off the chalk dust and wiped it down with a damp rag. Then, I brushed on the wood stain (as shown).
dry brush old wood technique, chalk paint, how to, painted furniture
I brushed the stain with all strokes going in one direction and then wiped away the excess stain.
dry brush old wood technique, chalk paint, how to, painted furniture
Forgive the filtered photo - this was a progress picture that I posted on Instagram. I applied a second coat to the center of the table, just for fun. I rubbed off a little more of the stain on the outside trim.
dry brush old wood technique, chalk paint, how to, painted furniture
I let the stain dry thoroughly. This is quite THE EYE SORE. Honestly, I was questioning myself at this point! BUT all it needed was a little TLC and a good dry brush technique. How to dry brush like a pro: Supplies: Short bristled chip brush Paper towels Scrap piece of wood or cardboard Paper plate Polyurethane (matte or gloss) Paint *****I used leftover paint from my Plank Wall project. SHERWIN WILLIAMS 6222 "Riverway" in Eggshell*****
dry brush old wood technique, chalk paint, how to, painted furniture
First of all, let the stain completely dry. Dab paint on the brush, only about 1/4 inch on the end of bristles. Brush the paint off - onto paper plate and/or paper towels When all of the paint seems to be out of the brush, practice a few strokes on scrap wood or cardboard. It's better for the brush to be too dry than too wet. You can always add more paint. Use soft strokes, barely glazing the top of the wood. You can apply a polyurethane coating to protect the table top after it's completely dry. Use a matte finish for an "aged wood" look.
dry brush old wood technique, chalk paint, how to, painted furniture
dry brush old wood technique, chalk paint, how to, painted furniture
dry brush old wood technique, chalk paint, how to, painted furniture
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  • Eil22235569
    on Jan 24, 2018

    How did you do the legs on this table?
  • Debra
    on Jan 26, 2018

    I am wanting to do something with my bedroom furniture. It is very old with the yellowy antique paint, but original. I think this will bring it up to date. Thanks, My bed and side tables are black and walls are light gray with a couple sades lighter ceiling. What colors would anyone suggest??
    • Carolyn
      on May 27, 2018

      I like the idea of the yellow with the black and gray, but if you want a color change, how about ocean blue?

  • Dav30793591
    on Jan 28, 2018

    What if you painted with a sponge?
    • Kathy
      on Feb 22, 2018

      I think the question referred to sponge brushes with a handle. I personally think a regular bristle brush would work better.

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  • Mellissa
    on Jun 17, 2018

    I have a vintage step back cupboard that I have been intending to paint the trim on for years. Now, it's time to do it since seeing this technique. The cupboard is painted gray semi-gloss which looks original (not sure if it is). The trim boards facing each shelf top, bottom, and sides are painted a dark green. I want blue! So, I bought dark blue chalk paint and some sponge brushes. I will try out the sponge brushes as suggested in the project. If they don't give the same effect, I will have to go back to purchase the chip brush. I have found inexpensive white paper plates are great for brushing off the excess paint. The porous paper absorbs the extra paint. I let the top of the plate dry and then turn it over and use the back of the plate, too. Saves a little bit of waste. Wish me luck!

  • Dave
    on Jan 1, 2019

    I love this, so I copied it. Thanks for the idea!

    • Kim Morgan
      on Jan 16, 2019

      Dave, did you paint white over the dark stain and then use the stain technique?

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