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What is White Washing & Dry Brushing??

And, how do I tell the difference??? To me, it’s the same thing. Kind of 2 different techniques that give you basically the same end result. Today, I’ll show you how I “dry brushed” this plant stand to achieve a “looks like I washed it in white paint” look.

I wish I would have thought to take a before, before picture. A “before I painted this at all picture” that is. I painted it what I thought would be a fun, pop of color on a vintage piece. When I was done, I thought it looked too pop of colorish. By the way, don’t you LOVE fall? I love my yard this time of year!

Anywho…Only the color was “popping” and none of the great detailing was. My next idea was to sand it, aka distress it.

Yeah, still a no go, still very blah…

I was happy to see that I had some white paint that I hadn’t taken to the mill. This is my very favorite paint. Rustoleum Ultra Cover. It’s $8 folks and works on anything. Also, you can buy it just about anywhere. Don’t you love that leaf that landed next to the can, too?

But I digress again. (You’re getting a little glimpse into my brain today). You want to dip your brush into the paint, and then basically wipe it back off again. Hence, a (almost) dry brush

Now, the beauty of this technique is, you really can’t mess it up. You just start dragging your brush across your piece with abandon.

Start out lightly, and see what you think. You can add paint wherever you want to get the effect you want. (did I use the right effect?? effect/affect was always confusing to me)

Can you see what I see now? I know it was hard to tell the difference in the initial Before & After picture. The white paint is really toning down the bright teal, but it still looks teal. Which is good, this is what I was going for. Oh, and there’s that awesome leaf again

So now, I’m pretty happy with how this is looking. See how the detailing is really showing up? I love the way the original dark wood color is also coming through. I want this look (I’m not taking a chance on the effect/affect word again) for the entire piece now.

I love these large sanding blocks. You can tell how well-loved this one is. They are super easy to work with and you can buy them anywhere that sells paint usually. This one is a “fine grit”. Just take the block in your hand and treat it like a washcloth. That’s right, just act like you are giving your furniture a good scrub down.

Your sanding block will know what to do. See where there’s detailing? The paint will come right off. If you keep going, more and more paint will come off as well. Again, this isn’t a test. There is no right or wrong answer. Just keep scrubbing away until you like what you see. Also, there is no need to seal anything with anything. The sanding will do the trick! Sand the top until you get a nice, smooth finish.

Ta Dah! What do you think?? I hope that you learned a little something. The main thing that I really want you to learn is that being creative is meant to be fun. It’s meant to make YOU happy. There are no painting or decorating police.

I added a Christmas wreath to the top. It’s headed to the mill tomorrow. I’ll find a big vase or some pillar candles to add to it. The whole shebang will be available for our upcoming Christmas Market.

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