January 30, 2012

How To Dry Brush Paint


I think of it as the lazy girls painting method, it's quick and easy 


You can whip out a stool like this in about 10 minutes and...


...Anything dry brushed sells great in my booth, it is a 
perfectly imperfect shabby finish that people love

I started with a very average stool.  Instead of sanding, I wipe it with a product called deglosser available in any paint department, it removes the shine and allows the paint to adhere


lightly dip the very tip of the paint bristles in paint then tap on a paper towel



Start by lightly brushing the furniture.... 



Then with more pressure, keep brushing until the brush is completely out of paint and repeat.  I dipped the brush 3 times to complete this piece of wood




I added a waterslide decal with a graphic from Graphics Fairy


Here is the dry brush method on a plate stand.....


...Dry brushed using white paint


This is a no fail paint method, when you are painting, you will think oh my gosh this is so ugly, but when you stand back, you'll get the whole picture!


And if you still don't like it, nothing lost, just paint like you usually do and consider the dry brushing a coat of primer




Happy Creating!
Carol

44 comments:

Betsy said...

What a quick and easy transformation.
That waterslide decal is the perfect finishing touch.

Biljana said...

Great makeover, I love it:-)
Hugs, Biljana

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Coopy said...

Oooh I had no idea about deglosser. Gosh I love blogland and all it's good information from fellow artisans. Love the three tier plate holder. Gorgeous. Question: How are you doing your decal transfers or do you have a post directing toward that topic? Hugs. T

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Thanks for the great information, Carol!!!

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Great restyles! Love the dry brush method too!

Ruby Jean said...

I LOVE dry brushing things... But I would REALLY REALLY Love dry brushing if I had PINK paint brush as cute as yours... :)

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Carol,

Dry brushing is a great way to change a piece of furniture. Both pieces look wonderful!!!

Dee

Sylvia said...

Hi Carol, you are so full of wonderful information, thank you for all your help.

Sylvia

Bliss said...

Hello Carol. Your newest follower here. DebbieDoo sent me. She says we have the same sense of humor (I hope that was a compliment for both of us!). Love your stuff, but right now I have no sense of humor. I tried to do a craft. The 'ol gray mare ain't what she used to be....

~Bliss~

Carol Stuck said...

I love it! Great makeover and the decal adds just the right touch.

Thanks for the tut.

hugs!
Carol

Gina said...

Thanks for posting this. I always wanted to try a dry brush technique. You make everything seem easy. Love the stool & plate stand.

Kasia said...

Youre totally right! Dry brushing is fun and I love working on projects with this method! To be honest though, I prefer a clean finish with some sandpaper work :)
Thanks for this sweet tutorial, so nice of you to always share your talent and ideas! :)

Hugs,

Debbiedoo's said...

I have never dried brushed before. I must try it, because I do love the look!

Debbie said...

I have always loved the look of things dry brushed. I think I am too heavy handed when I try it. Mine doesn't look like yours.

I bought some of that deglosser. I saw it in Blog Land (maybe here?) and have liked it.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Thanks for showing us how. I have never used this technique though I always admire it when someone else does it!

sissie said...

Works for me! I do this technique on many pieces that need a little somethin somethin. Love the way you added the decal. I'm going to have to give that a try.

hugs
Sissie

Cheryl said...

Looks great.....love the decal!
Hugs,
Cheryl

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Great tips! One of these days I'll get brave...heehee! ♥

SueBee said...

You make it look so easy! I like that.

Createology said...

I just love every piece of furniture you transform. You really have a magical "shabby" technique. And this one is super easy looking. I just need a bit of wood to dry brush. :o)
Blissful Inspirations and thank you Carol Dear...

Deserae said...

What great transformations! Gotta love the way paint completely transforms things for very little money and effort :o) Love that stool.....
~Des

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Carol,
Looks great and so easy to!

Hugs,
Debbie

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

So shabby chic! Love it. The graphic really set it off.

Shabby Soul said...

Have I told you lately that I love you? Your blog posts are always so informative! I refer back to them often!! Love this tip about dry brushing & really need to try my hand at the decal technique!

Screaming Sardine said...

I love the look, Carol! I'm thinking of dry brushing my kitchen cabinets.

Cheers,
Tracy Screaming Sardine

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hey Carol! I am not a big fan of dry brushing right over the wood color but I love love love to dry brush in a different color over white or white over a color. I have dry brushed or given it a pickled finished to many things in my house...most obvious the pine paneling. I like to think it has a French finish...LOL.....Worked on my dress form party post yesterday. It's going to be a fun day...I just know it. xo

AHBrowne @ ahbrowne.com said...

Oh how I love this. The stool looks fantastic! I am doing the same method to go over my cream colored furniture. I wanted to give it that victorian/country-ish vibe.

I love those decals too. They always look so great!

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SavannahGranny said...

Great tips. I have a couple of things I need to paint.
Thanks for sharing.

HeartVintageDesign said...

Thanks for the tip on the deglosser. You always have the best how-to posts : )

Shabbygal said...

I must say I haven't ever commented on here but I adore your blog I ave gotten so much info from it! I just got my water slide decals this week and have put them to use! Love them!! You will have to give me a peek. Traci

Lynn said...

Thanks for the dry brushing tips, Carol. Your projects turned out so nice. It must be so fun to have a shop! And please visit me at Cottage and Creek as I'm having my first every giveaway. I'm a bit of a newbie so your support would be most appreciated!! Have a wonderful week!
Lynn
Email: Lynn@nsytes.com
www.cottageandcreek.com

Sisters Treasures said...

Carol, as always, you make all your project instructions so easy to follow. I love dry brushing and have also done it as Lynn of the Vintage Nest said, with dry brushing a second color on a piece or a darker tone of the same color for an aging effect. Thank you for all your great tutorials.
Betsy

thistlewoodfarm said...

What a perfect stool! I really like your previous post on the sprayer!

blessings,
karianne

Nancy said...

Hi Carol!

I really like dry brushing. It's a great look and your stool turned out really great!

Nancy

Nancy said...

Hi Carol!

I really like dry brushing. It's a great look and your stool turned out really great!

Nancy

Special 'K' said...

thanks for sharing the technique, I have not seen it before. It is lovely. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

Laurie Brown said...

wow, those look great! It's funny; I did all the walls in my master bedroom/bath by dry brush method, but it never occurred to me to use it on furniture. Doh!

Little Miss Maggie said...

Great make over. How do you come up with these new products? A deglosser? Never heard of it, but what a great idea. I will have to look for it. Thanks, Carol.

Honey at 2805 said...

Beautiful, Carol! Also, thanks for the great tip about the paint sprayer!

VL said...

WOW! What a quick and easy way to take something boring and make it amazing! Thanks for sharing! :D

Dreams Factory said...

What an easy and wonderful way! Love it!

angelina chancey said...

Love this. I have been looking fora way to ttransform my dark stained cabinets without having a solid paint or sanding completely down to bare wood. There is not a poly finish on the cabinets so I think this would be perfect. I am wanting more of a french white color.....so?

angelina chancey said...

Love this. I have been looking fora way to ttransform my dark stained cabinets without having a solid paint or sanding completely down to bare wood. There is not a poly finish on the cabinets so I think this would be perfect. I am wanting more of a french white color.....so?