Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Old paint finish technique

I wanted to show you how to achieve a layered old paint effect using an ordinary chip brush that you can purchase at any craft or hardware store.   
P1050296 This is my cute little 16 year old kitty, Sammy, he wanted everyone to see how cute he was, so he posed for this picture.

My turquoise chair in my kitchen started off as a $1.00 garage sale find. The seat had split, so we just glued and clamped it, now it's as good as new.
Now onto the  paint job.
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I generally don't sand before I paint, I just make sure it's clean using glass cleaner and rag. Most of you know that I paint my furniture using regular acrylic craft paint. Try mixing up your own colors for that special custom color and believe it or not those little 2oz bottles go along way.
2" CHIP BRUSH / PAINT BRUSH - 2" NATURAL BRISTLE CHIP BRUSH / PAINT BRUSH. PRICE/BRUSH.
Chip Brush
Now forget all those rules about regular painting, it's ok, if you have a drip, it's ok if you have missed spots, it's even ok to brush over it before it's dry, this will give texture and make it look like something that's old and been around for years.
For this chair I only used one color, but layered the coats, 3 coats total. The first coat, you can see how it has a dry brush effect and there are many missed areas.
Because the chip brush has uneven bristles, it's easy to give that uneven appearance.
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The second coast was done just like the first but you can see how the blue is looking a little more uniform, but still patchy.
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The third coat or even more coats if you want, will finish off the weathered old look. I'm usually so impatient that I get out my hair dryer and dry the paint as I go, remember you can't mess this kind of paint job up, any mess up only add texture and depth.
Sometimes I will sand or scrape to distress further, but this chair had enough character that I didn't think it was needed.
To protect the finish I always apply a wax finish, like minwax furniture wax, you will need to apply at least 2 coats, but I think 3 give the best finish. Just follow the directions on the can.Minwax® Paste Finishing Wax
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So give it a try, you'll be amazed how easy it is.

47 comments:

  1. Wow ~ thanks for that tutorial. I am definintely going to try that ~ wonderful ;-)

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  2. Wow ~ thanks for that tutorial. I am definintely going to try that ~ wonderful ;-)

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  3. Great tutorial. You have a beautiful house. Love your punches of turquoise! BTW, I'm your newest follower. I don't know how I have missed your blog in the past.

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  4. I had no idea that could be accomplished with 3 of the same coats. How do you like the wax? I've tried it, but I felt like I wasn't putting any on. Do you take a glob out and rub it on or just use a rag?

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  5. I have a chair I want to redo, and now I'm more motivated than ever to do it!!! Thanks so much for the inspiration...you make it look so easy!!!

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  6. Thanks for the terrific tutorial. It looks so easy. Your chair is charming!

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  7. Great looking old chair. I have often used acrylic paints too...love all the different colors you can get out of those little bottles. Nice tutorial too. I wonder why they call them chip brushes- Any idea? xxoo Diana

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  8. Thanks for the pictorial tutorial and the wax info too.
    - Joy

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  9. thanks for the tips! I'm horrible at "aging" techniques, I think this will help a lot!

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  10. I love the way you use a chip brush!! I am going to get one asap for several things I have to paint....

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  11. I love this...it looks great!

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  12. AH Trixie, Sammy was me old cats name that past away two years ago, anyway great job on the paint. thanks for the tutorial.

    Pattie

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  13. So pretty, and what a great color. I have a thing for chairs; love them! :)

    Jodi

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  14. Cute kitty and I love the chair. One question...I painted my dining table with an oil based satin, can the minwax be used over the oil based paint?

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  15. Thanks for the "how to" tips. I need all the help I can get!

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  16. Great how to! Love the color. Did you have to wait to wax? I use Briwax and it takes off the paint if I don't wait for it to cure. Just wonder if the minwax is that way.

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  17. I love an EASY paint tutorial that looks like it took longer! So many people have so many steps that I don't even want to bother reading the tutorial because I know there must be a shorter method. I go for simple and then the furniture looks aged and old like I want it anyway. Thanks for sharing something we can all accomplish. Can't believe that chair was only $1! Now that's truly a find!! Also, I love those little bottles of paint. Aren't they fun? If you don't like that color, it's only a couple of dollars wasted instead of $20 - $40!

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  18. Oh how I love swooning over your beautiful home. Thanks for sharing. I've bookmarked this post in my "things to try" folder, this one will be top of the list, for sure!

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  19. The tutorial was great...what color paint did u use? Was smiling when I saw picture of Sammy as he looks like my 18yr old cat Sammi ! Luv "tuxedo cats"!

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  20. The tutorial was great. What is that color? Smiled when I saw your cat Sammy as he looks like the twin of my 18 yr old Sammi ! Soo cute..

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  21. Oh my gosh...beautiful. Going to have to give that a try, maybe for my new room!

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  22. What a super cute chair!! I think with your clear instructions that I can even accomplish this with great results. Hope you're having a fabulous week!!:O)

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  23. Love your chair and how cute Sammy is! Your tutorial is very easy to follow. I am going to give this technique a try.

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  24. Thanks for sharing your tutorial. I have some pieces I want to paint, but not sure I can afford the chalk paint that I've read about on other blogs. I CAN afford acrylic craft paint! Love how your chair turned out, it's lovely!

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  25. Just gorgeous...thanks for the step by step, you've made it look so easy!

    Cute model too!

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  26. Great transformation. Thanks for the tutorial.
    ~Heidi

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  27. I use that same brush for putting on wax, and I didn't know it had a name! I called it "cheap brush". LOL. Nice job on the chair, it looks great.

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  28. WOW! I cant wait to try that! I wonder if spray paint could do the same thing? hmmmmmm.....

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  29. Thanks for the tutorial. Good stuff. I like how it turned out.

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  30. What a creative way to apply the paint! The finish turned out so beautiful and authentic. Thanks for sharing :)

    Amanda

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  31. I wanted to stop in and let you and your readers know about my slipcover giveaway...well, actually, my GIVEAWAY SERIES...

    Xo, Meme

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  32. I love using chip brushes, great finished chair!

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  33. So sweet! The color is just perfect! What do you scrape with to distress?

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  34. Just signed up...once I saw your little tuxedo cat, he is adorable! My little guy, Steve, is a bundle of fun energy. Then, I read your tutorial and I was hooked. Love the result and the suggestion to use the little bottles of paint. Brilliant!

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  35. I just posted, reread your post and saw cute Sammy's tail in the last picture. Aren't cats the best helpers?

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  36. I'm inspired! I have just the chair to try this on and can't wait. What color paint did you use?

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  37. Hi Trixie

    Your blog is gorgeous and the tutorial is wonderful!

    I'm a new follower of your blog. I hope you'll join me over at Create With Joy.

    Ramona
    http://create-with-joy.com

    P.S. I discovered AFTER the fact that the giveaway I entered closed last year, lol - but the good news is, that is how I found your blog! :-)

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  38. Very Nice :-)
    I love redesign - Remade :-)

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  39. Great colour, and great tips. Thanks so much. Your home is beautiful.

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  40. I love it, Trixie! I have some old(ish) chairs that are children's size. The original color is red. Any suggestion about what color I should paint over them for maximum impact? Thank you!

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  41. New follower, great site! Beautiful Home! Sammy is so cute, just like my kitty always getting in the pictures and projects! Your tip is good on Miniwax paste, I have been using it also, great results. Hope to have you visit my blog.

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  42. This is definitely a new technique to give a try. It looks like it would save some time from the one I usually do. Thanks for sharing

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  43. So, if you were to paint a fancy, shiny, wood kitchen table, would you sand it first? I'd so LOVE to skip this step...

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  44. I love this finish! (I featured it in today's post). I'm curious to know if you've tried chalk paint. The finish you've done looks very similar - but at a fraction of the cost!

    Gotta love that!

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  45. Great technique! I love chip brushes and use them all the time for all sorts of things.

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  46. LOVE the chairs I actually have two that are the same style. I just may try your technique

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