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My Favorite Paint Finishes

Saturday 10/27/2018

· Decorating,Tuitorials

JUST PAINT - THEN SAND Distressed Finish

Paint your piece - allow to completely dry and using a piece of medium grit sand paper - distress your painted finish.

SOME ADVICE - When distressing a piece of furniture, you want to remove some paint in the areas where it would normally wear to get an authentic finish. You DO NOT want to go crazy sanding it all over the place. After you get these area's heavily distressed, then you can go over the entire piece with your sandpaper. Just do this till your happy with it.

Then finish your piece with a piece of steel wool to smooth the surface and clear.

WATERED DOWN PAINT FINISH

Simply take the paint your using, pour into a disposable container and add a little water to it - stirring really good. Add a little more water if necessary - you want a thin watery paint. Then simply paint over the wood going back and forth with the wood grain with your brush. Allow this to dry. If necessary, you can go back over this with a little more paint. Allow to completely dry.

Now go over your piece with a piece of steel wool to smooth the finish and clear.

Chippy Paint Finish

Pour some of your cooking oil into a lid. Then apply some to your piece. Where ever you place this, is where the paint is going to just come off. So I would place a lot on the corners of your piece, around the bottom of the legs or feet, on the edges of drawers, if a chair - along the front a little bit.

Now you simply paint your piece and you'll see the paint lifting where ever the oil is - this is what you want - so don't panic. Allow this to dry really good.

Now you simply paint your piece and you'll see the paint lifting where ever the oil is - this is what you want - so don't panic. Allow this to dry really good.

Finish your piece with a piece of steel wool. Then clear.

DRY BRUSH FINISH

Pour some of your paint into a disposable container - you don't need much. Dip your brush into it - then on a paper towel. Now start whisking the brush back and forth with the grain of the wood. Some areas will be heavier, like where you first put the brush down - you just want to feather out the areas with your brush. Continue doing this until your happy with the finish.

Now go over your entire piece with a piece of steel wool to smooth the finish. Then clear.

ANTIQUING WITH STAIN

This is how I stain my pieces - so easy and you don't need to go through all of the antique tutorials out there with different glazes.

This is the same as the DRY BRUSH FINISH in applying the stain - only your going over a painted finish. After you've placed the stain on, you want to immediately wipe it off - leaving behind just the pigment of the stain. Allow to thoroughly dry.

After you've done this to your entire piece and it's completely dry, you can either go over it with a piece of sandpaper to distress it, or you can complete it by going over your entire piece with steel wool. Then clear.

While the stain is still wet, I'll sometimes go over areas with paint thinner to removing the stain in areas, just another way of distressing.

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