DIY Drippy Hand-Painted Furniture (Artistic Design)

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I’ve been pushing my limits on hand-painted furniture finishes for a while now. I like to stretch my abilities and skills into uncomfortable areas when the opportunity presents itself. If we don’t try, we may miss out on the best things out there. True? Well, I’m glad I tried this technique. Not only did it teach me something about myself, but it opened my eyes to the artistic side of furniture painting.

I’ve been observing some truly wonderful creations being done by Dionne at The Turquoise Iris. Her artistic ability is truly A M A Z I N G! She was my inspiration for this piece.

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Hand Painted Furniture

I chose this small chest for my experiment using DIY Paint by Debi’s Design Diary. It’s a highly pigmented clay-based paint. The plan is to layer the colors to create a unique, drippy look in color and texture.

This is just the beginning of an amazing hand painted piece of furniture.

For more unique painted furniture inspirations, check out these creative hand-painted furniture painting designs.

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Hand Painted Furniture With Color And Texture

I started with the Bohemian Blue and painted the top and about midways down the chest, including the drawers. The paint is highly pigmented, so it only needed one coat for full coverage.

I added a beautiful blue paint to this dresser before adding my artistic touches. I'm gonna use my hands for the next step.

Afterward, I layered the yellow after the blue had slightly dried, overlapping. Also, I randomly applied it in a different direction with my brush, adding brush strokes in different directions. This was FUN watching it all unfold! I don’t often play with designs, so I was making the most of it.

Hey, it’s only painting, right? So, what’s the worst thing that can happen? It can always be repainted.

Patina Painted Furniture
hand painted furniture

The next step was to blend the two colors where they met to create a vision of connection. I used a spray bottle with water and misted it in the meeting areas and above and below. I blended the paint with my hands and fingers. Again, I lightly misted the paint with water to further allow the natural blending with gravity.

I enjoyed playing, touching, and being one with the paint—I sound like an artist. Well, I’m not! But it sure was fun to pretend. After I stepped back to look at my work, I liked what I saw.

I used my heat gun to speed up the drying time. The word patience is not in my vocabulary.

The final step was to seal the paint with polyacrylic for a durable finish.

OH MYLANTA! This is the result!

Shortly after posting this little dresser on Facebook, one of my followers purchased it the same day. She was thrilled to get it, and I was excited that it was going to someone who appreciated the art of painting furniture.

Hand painted furniture is a great way to express your artistic visions.
I'm so happy with my hand painted furniture. It's a work of art and self expression.

And those glass knobs? Well, it was meant to be!

I hope you enjoyed my hand-painted furniture with an artistic twist. It was fun painting outside the box. Do you like the look of this dresser? You may enjoy a few others I have done: Dixie Nightstand Makeover or this Repurposed Washstand

Happy painting!

Until the next project… xo, Do