Painted Furniture – Adding Texture with Paint

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The sun is setting as I write this post and I have to tell you, I’m so excited to share the pictures of this piece with all of you!

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I loved it when I purchased it then I got it home and for the life of me, couldn’t decide what to do with it.  So it settled into it’s new space in my garage until last week.

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I had a general idea of how I wanted to do it but it sure evolved over the course of a couple weeks.   I wanted to create some kind of old world paint finish that would represent years of wear and tear.

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You’re going to think I’m crazy for how I started it, but I wanted to create a colorful base coat that would make it look as though it had been painted many times over the years.  I loved the blue and purple that peaked through on the inspiration piece I saw online.  It’s funny to look back at it now because it looks nothing like what I ended up with but hey ~ ya gotta start somewhere!

I busted out some of Purple Mountain Majesty, Desert Cactus and Blue Jeans from American Paint Company and started slapping it on like a wild woman.  What can I say?  I was on a roll.

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I have to tell you, I received some pretty interesting comments after I posted this shot on our Shizzle Facebook Page.  That’s ok, I’m used to being laughed at.  Stay with me here, this is just my base coat.   I wanted a light neutral and Rushmore’s gorgeous taupe fit the bill.  I poured my paint into a little bowl and diluted it with a little water slapping it on with random brush strokes to cover everything.

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I had already painted the details with Freedom Road.  It’s a deep slate color which looks similar to Lincoln’s Hat until it dries.  That’s when you can see Freedom Road is slate and Lincoln’s Hat is black.  Anyway, I painted the crown molding with Freedom Road then dry brushed with a little Desert Cactus.

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Then came the fun part ~ I used a damp rag to wet distress/remove the Rushmore which started revealing some of the initial colors.

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It looked cool but after I had finished the front of it, I stepped back and realized doing the entire piece like this would be WAY too much.

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I had to break it up.

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It was late, dark and I was tired and crabby that it wasn’t turning out how I had planned so I painted over the door inserts with Desert Cactus and after it was dry, did a crazy wet wash using Lincoln’s Hat.

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That’s when my heart skipped a bit.  It was finally starting to take shape and represent my style.

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I worked on it, on and off for several more days, tweaking it here and there until I was finally satisfied.  Sit back and enjoy all the close ups.

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The paint we use has both chalk AND clay in the mix!

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Hope you enjoyed the ride!

Moral of the story is, if it doesn’t turn out how you planned… just keep working it!

Post courtesy of Shelly Andrade from Shizzle Design

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