Thursday, April 5, 2012

Dry Brushing Gives A Coffee Table a New Look

Hey there! This week I've been up to a lot of fun projects. First, I want to share with you a metal and glass coffee table that got a whole new look using a dry brush technique. What is dry brushing you ask? Well let me first show you the before picture of this coffee table.

Kind of an outdated look but not bad. It just wasn't the look my customer wanted anymore. Instead of spending tons of money by replacing this table she's had for years, it's much more affordable to just have it repainted.

Here is the after:

It almost looks like an old stone table now with the dry brushing technique. So how did I get this look? The base coat is ASCP in Paris Gray. Once that was dry I moved on to my second layer; the dry brush layer. I dip my brush in just a little ASCP Old White and I squeegee off any excess paint on the sides of the can. I then tap the rest of the excess paint off an a dry clean cloth. Then I paint in all different directions until I have the amount of white showing that I like.

I love how this piece has so many intricate details, I really wanted them to show. Once the paint was dry I brushed on a Valspar Antique Metal Patina glaze in sections and wiping off immediately. With the glaze I just wanted it to show what had settled in the cracks. The last step was a light distressing.

I also took this previously black mirror to a beautiful Provence with some dry brushing on the details.

Be sure to check back this coming week where I'll show off a huge European-inspired hutch and a piano!

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  1. The table and mirror are both beautiful!

  2. Beeeeeautiful job on both pieces, Jenine!!! I LUV the dry brushing technique, and did that on a French table I just posted about. Love how it brings out the gorgeous detailing and embellishments on pieces! :) And you used my fav ASCP color, too!

    xoxo laurie

  3. The table has nice lines and looks great dry-brushed.

  4. Wow this table is awesome. I love the treatment you did on it. This is such a wonderful post! I would love it if you would share this at our WIW linky party. Hope to see you there.

    Paula, your newest follower

  5. Lovely look - on both. I am a big fan of dry brushing. It also looks great on a flat surface that you could emboss with a stencil. Adding the drybrushing to that highlights the raised design. I've done it by adding a darker color also - and just hitting the edges.

    Great job...


    1. Thanks for the tip Linda. I can't wait to try it out!

  6. Love the new look of the table!

  7. Great pieces :) I love how you made the details pop! Stop by for a blog visit I have a paper wreath giveaway going on.

  8. that table base is amazing! whoa! seriously unique and awesome!

  9. Great turnout! Have just started using this dry brush technique, always good to see how others do this, thanks!

  10. It's a cool table to begin with, but it's really amazing now! You such a nice job with the painting technique and I'm sure the client loves it!

  11. It's amazing what a change a little paint can make. LOVE THE MAKEOVER.
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  12. I have been wanting to try chalk paint on some projects, and I usually see people mention that they wax the furniture after painting with chalk paint. Do you just use paste wax like for wooden floors, such as Johnson & Johnson paste wax? I know you are busy, but if you could help me out with this, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks.

  13. I can always find time to help someone out, sorry it took me so long:) I have used tons of different clear waxes. I have used minwax paste wax, breewax paste wax, and JOhnson and Johnson paste. Annie sloan also sells her own clear paste wax. I haven't tried it yet. My favorite so far has been the Johnson and Johnson paste wax that you do use for floors. It very soft and mixes well with paint or dark wax.
    On she has an video taped tutorial on how to wax. It was very helpful for me to watch before I gave it a try myself. Good Luck.