How to Dry-Brush Paint Furniture

Giving wood furniture a makeover with paint changes the character of the piece. One technique, dry brushing, makes the furniture appear older than it actually is. The key to dry brushing is to use paint sparingly; the end result is a wood finish that looks as if it has been fading for years. A piece of furniture can be treated with dry brushing in just an afternoon.

Dry painting can be done on a natural wood or painted piece of furniture.
  1. Sand the piece of furniture thoroughly. Wipe up the dust, using a damp cloth. Let the piece dry.

  2. Dip a paintbrush into a can of paint so that the ends of the brush just barely touch the paint. Dab the brush on a paper towel or old rag to remove some of the paint.

  3. Lightly paint the furniture, using the brush. Use quick back and forth strokes; do not apply a lot of pressure as you work. Brush continuously to keep the paint from becoming thick.

  4. Use a rag or sanding sponge to blend areas that appear uneven or have too much paint. Wipe the rag back and forth with a light touch. Allow the paint to dry completely per the manufacturer's instructions.

  5. Apply water-based polyurethane to the furniture to seal the paint.

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