May 9, 2012

Weathered Dresser; Dry-Brush Technique

Hello Blog World!  I'm so glad that I ended my funk and I'm back in the game.  This week is actually going pretty good.  My sweet neighbor friend and I have been able to go on our morning runs together, I'm tackling the deep cleaning list I gave myself for the house, I'm clearing off the front porch my workshop and working through some items that have been in the back for waaaay too long.  Today, was intended as a paint-all-day-kind-of-day, but just about every time I pulled something out to paint, the storms rolled in.  I did manage to complete a couple dressers and a nightstand though.  Here's one of the dressers I did:

 Here was the starting point:
 This cargo style dresser was incredibly sturdy and clean (can I get a woot, woot??).  Don't laugh...this is a rarity in my field when you're only willing to pay the prices I'm willing to pay (which by the way is CHEAP).  I don't even know if you can call it refinishing, when the project is as easy as this one.  I simply gave this baby a light sanding and then dry brushed on a light grey mix that I made a while back.
The grey mix that I made was then color matched by Benjamin Moore, so I can always get more as needed.  This is by far one of my most popular colors and sellers.
 To dry brush, it's pretty much like it sounds and let me tell you, it is S.I.M.P.L.E.  The key is getting just a bit of paint on the tip of your brush.  You may need to blot a little off if you get too much, then you brush it onto your piece, generally going the direction of the grain, in a whispy (yep, it's a word even though Blogger keeps trying to tell me it's not) motion.  It's important that you don't keep going over and area, because then you end up with a blended/fully painted look, which is not the goal here.
 Dry brushing gives the effect of a very weathered, worn, old piece.   I love the way this one turned out.  And, just to's so easy to use this technique!  I waxed this piece afterwards for protection and durability.
 While painting today, I had my usual helper (on the right) and I had an extra neighbor helper.  She was a painting fool I tell ya!  Watch out, this girl has got some mad painting skills and she's my up and coming competition!
 And, just because I'm feeling frisky, here's a sneak peek at what will be the next blog post.  This is the other dresser I worked on today.  Here is it's not so beautiful before shot:
 And, here is the oh so much better after:
What's an after without a little close up?
What have you been working on lately?

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I Play Outside The Box said...

Love your dry brushed dresser...and the other one is beautiful too...can't wait to see that post. The color you chose is beautiful and I hope you tell us all about it.

I love your blog and subscribe to it now...found you through Gail at MRL.

I Play Outside The Box said...

You should add a feed so people can sign up for all your posts through a Gail has on her blog. Just a thought.

gail wilson said...

great job on your "chest of drawers" lol that's what we call them around here. :)

thanks for sharing @ catch as catch can

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