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Dry-Brush with Chalk Paint to add depth, texture, + dimension

How to Use Dry-Brushing with Chalk Paint for an Aged Effect

Dry-brushing is a popular painting technique that is often used in conjunction with chalk paint to create a variety of effects. With this technique, you can add depth, texture, and dimension to your piece, giving it a unique, aged appearance.

Dry-brushing is a popular painting technique that is often used in conjunction with chalk paint to create a variety of effects. With this technique, you can add depth, texture, and dimension to your piece, giving it a unique, aged appearance.

Materials needed:

Step 1: Prepare the Surface

Prepare furniture for chalk painting

Before starting, make sure the surface you will be painting is clean, dry, and free of any debris. If the piece has a glossy or shiny finish, you may want to sand it down slightly to provide a better surface for the paint to adhere to. We recommend removing any hardware, and you can fill any dents or scratches with wood filler and sand them smooth before painting.

Step 2: Apply the Base Coat

Apply a base coast of chalk paint.

Apply a base coat of chalk paint in the color of your choice. When applying the base coat, be sure to spread the paint in thin, even strokes, making sure to cover the entire surface. It's also important to apply the paint thinly and evenly to prevent drips and ensure a smooth finish.

Step 3: Choose Your Second Color

Apply second color of chalk paint.

Choose a second color of chalk paint that will complement the base coat. This color will be used for the dry-brushing technique. Pour a small amount of the second color into a container or paint tray.

Step 4: Dip the Brush

Dip just the tips of the bristles.

Take a clean, dry brush and dip the tip into the second color of paint. Be sure to only dip the very tips of the bristles, so that only a small amount of paint is applied.

Step 5: Remove Excess Paint

Remove excess paint

Press the bristles against the inside of the paint can or container to remove excess paint, then use a paper towel or rag to wipe most of the paint off of the brush. You want the brush to be nearly dry, with just a small amount of paint left on the tips of the bristles.

Step 6: Dry-Brush the Surface

Dry brush surface

Using a light touch, gently brush the surface of the piece with the dry brush. Use long strokes that follow the grain of the wood, and be sure to leave some areas of the base coat showing through. This will create a subtle, textured effect.


Step 7: Repeat as Needed

Continue to apply the dry-brushing technique with the second color until you achieve the desired effect. You can add as much or as little of the second color as you like, depending on the look you are going for. For those who want to experiment a more or add a bit more character, add a third color to dry-brush on.

Step 8: Distress the Finish (Optional)

Distress Furniture

If you want your piece to look like it's been around the block a few times, now is your chance to distress it. Grab some sandpaper or a foam sanding pad and focus on areas that would naturally see wear and tear, like corners and edges. Now, your furniture will have that perfectly worn-in look.

Check out our recent article: How to Distress Furniture ~ Comprehensive Step-by-Step Guide

Step 9: Apply a Sealant

Apply a top coat finish
Using a cloth Apply a thin, even coat to the surface of your furniture, working in small sections, applying the wax in a circular motion
USING A BRUSH Apply the wax to your furniture in a thin, even layer, working in small sections, using long, even strokes to apply the wax

Once you have achieved the desired effect, allow the paint to dry completely before applying a sealant. A clear wax or polyurethane can be used to protect the surface and give it a finished look. A dark wax will give your piece an aged look, while a clear wax will ehance the color of your piece. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for applying the top coat and make sure to use a clean cloth to buff it to a smooth finish.

In Conclusion:

Steps to Dry Brush Furniture with Chalk Paint

The dry-brushing technique with chalk paint is a simple yet effective way to add texture and dimension to your painted pieces. With a little practice and experimentation, you can create a variety of unique and interesting effects that will make your furniture, picture frames, and other decorative items stand out.

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