Dry Brushing used to be our go-to method for detailing pieces before we figured out how to use wax, glaze and other painting techniques and while we usually use our waxing techniques, sometimes dry brushing is still the most useful method to gaining our desired finish.
Dry Brushing comes in handy when a piece has far too many small details to get into with wax or glaze – like this intricate ornate mirror.
The idea when using the dry brush method for pieces with intricate detailing is to only apply to the surface while keeping the lower levels of the details a different colour.
I also did these wall sconces recently: (and the middle of that ‘All of me loves all of you’ sign.)
And this photo frame:
For these pieces, I painted them black first and then dry brushed white on top. For a softer look, I could have used a grey instead of black underneath.
It’s also great for making a new board look like old barn board. Or just pulling out the wood grain on a piece.
Or just getting that weathered look like we did on our toy chest.
This next shelf was literally a ‘slap-on’ type job. This shelf was in my garbage pile and then I realized it would be useful in the kitchen so I decided to take a few minutes to just dry brush over the original finish.
I thought it looked pretty obvious that I wasn’t trying very hard but nearly every person that has come in here since I’ve done it has said how it turned out great. ^_^ (I’ll take a full photo soon)
So a little bit of dry brushing, which can be much easier than waxing or glazing can make just as big of an impact. (with less work)
For those of you starting out, dry brushing is really a simple method to learn.
What you’ll need:
- Paint Brush
- Paint Tray (any ol’ flat container works)
Start by laying down a very little bit of paint on your tray. Dip the end of your brush bristles in, then dab and blot off as much as you’d like. Some people use paper towel or cardboard to help pull paint off their brush, we usually just watch how much paint we dip our brush into and then make sure we have space on our tray to dab most of it off.
It’s best to test the amount on a scrap piece of wood or cardboard before your piece. Play around with the amount of paint used. You can use as much or as little as needed to get your desired results.
Happy Creating! ❤