So I, along with many of you, received a message this week from Pinterest saying that one of my pins had been removed for copyright infringement. What this means is that someone reported one of MY pictures, with MY watermark, leading to MY post as theirs. I assure you--these are my photos and my post and my technique. I have tried to contact Pinterest about this, but they have not replied. I am reposting the tutorial in hopes that it will not be removed (I repinned it, but it got removed again so hopefully this new post will work!).
PLEASE pin away--thanks!!!
How did you paint that? This is probably the number one question I get--how did you paint that, what is your paint technique? Honestly, I am not sure I have a technique, but I will attempt to share with you what I do. However, I do have a disclaimer: I have been painting furniture for more than a dozen years. My style or technique has evolved and changed and developed over those years, and I am sure it will continue to do so. I also believe that I might have a knack for it, it comes easily and naturally to me--how I paint a particular thing is often a feeling or instinct. So, with that said, here you go:
I am showing this on a piece of pallet wood--all wood and furniture is different and take the paint and stain differently. If at first you don't succeed, keep playing and trying. I sand the wood usually a little before painting to get some of the rough spots off, but not too much as the roughness helps add to the character. I most often use what is called a chip brush. These are inexpensive, natural bristle brushes that cost under $1. I like them because they do not cover completely, and are cheap enough to replace as needed.
As I have said many times, I slap some paint on. I usually paint several boards at once, starting with the lightest color of paint I am using.
I do not clean off my brush between colors, but I do brush it on wood until most of the color is gone. I do use a different brush for red or if the colors aren't going to blend well. Hint-- I keep a separate brush that I use only for red paint in case it doesn't get completely cleaned out.
I wait a bit for the paint to dry. It isn't always completely dry when I paint the next layer, it depends on how impatient I am. I only painted 2 layers for this tutorial, but I have done up to 5. I do not completely cover up the first layer. For my pieced pallet things I have being painting mostly just one color since they are so colorful.
When the paint is dry (again, mostly dry anyway), I sand it--sometimes a lot, sometimes very little. I most often us an 80 grit sandpaper or whatever is on the sander.
Here is how much I sanded this piece of wood:
I then use a stain, sometimes a wax, over the top. I have found some of the pallet wood takes the stain really dark so I have been using something a little lighter like Early American or Provincial. I ran out of those a few days ago, so I am using dark walnut.
I cover the paint/piece of wood completely. Notice, I use a chip brush for this too. Wipe the brush off on a rag and one will last you several months.
After putting on the stain, I wipe it off with a rag (a piece of an old t-shirt). Note--stain rags should be put in a bucket of water and not reused. I throw them out on trash day. A friend's garage caught on fire from 4 stain rags left on a pile of trash--use caution!! And drumroll please...the finished results:
Some of you have asked what colors of paint I use. Honestly, it changes always--sometimes I use cans of latex I have and sometimes I grab some craft acrylic paint. I often mix colors that I have bits of. Happy painting!