Layered Paint Technique With Texture – Furniture Makeover

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When your wood furniture has so many chips and dings and you just want to burn it and start over with new… try this layered paint technique with texture. It covers a multitude of sins on crappy furniture. Well, you know what I mean.

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Layered Paint Technique With Texture – End Table Makeover

How to get a layered paint with texture. This technique is so easy!

Here is a supply list for this layered paint technique with texture.

*Before you get started, don’t miss this step. The prep!

Base Coat Color

With a layered paint look on furniture, I like to start with a dark color as my base coat.

Creative Process Step 1

Begin with painting a dark base coat over your piece. Don’t fuss about getting the paint perfectly smooth as we are using a lot of texture with this makeover. So, slap that paint on! One coat of Gravel Road dark gray chalk mineral paint is all you will need. Allow drying completely before the next step. The coverage is fantastic!

Since this is a layered paint technique you will want to have contrast and depth. Using a darker color as your base adds interest and gives that depth. As we progress with this technique you’ll see what I mean.

Adding A Texture To Chalk Mineral Paint

Try adding a texture additive to your chalk mineral paint for a beautiful textured finish.

Creative Process Step 2

Next, you’ll want to choose a color in the same shade but just a bit lighter in color. Hurricane Gray medium gray chalk mineral paint is what I used. Mix your chalk mineral paint and Sea Spray together in a disposable container. The mixture will be the consistency of brownie batter or something like that. This isn’t an exact science so don’t fuss over this step too much. The thicker the texture paint is, the thicker your texture will be on the final product.

Recipe For Texture Paint

  • 8oz of chalk mineral paint
  • 2 heaping scoops of Sea Spray

Mix in a disposable container and wait about 5 – 10 minutes before applying. This will allow the two ingredients to co-mingle and thicken a bit.

Layering Texture Paint Technique

Using a disposable chip brush I dabbed the texture paint all over this end table. The results are going to be amazing!

Creative Process Step 3

Using a disposable chip brush, dab (layer) the texture paint over the first coat of paint you applied to leave some of the darker paint to show through. This part of the layered paint technique is gonna look like a hot mess but this is the creative process. See the explanation of the creative process below.

CREATIVE PROCESS 🤣

  1. This is awesome!
  2. This is tricky.
  3. This is CRAP!
  4. I am crap.
  5. This might be okay.
  6. This is AWESOME!

Creative Process Step 4

With a piece of “cardboard” (that’s what I used) or any flat smooth edge, trowel over (float over) the texture to smooth the raised areas to create a rough layered texture with the paint mixture. If you have ever watched how the texture is created on a new sheetrock wall before painting, it similar to that but rougher. You can also use a large plastic tape and bed knife. Seriously, I’d just use whatever I could find at home. You’re just spreading texture. Allow the texture to dry overnight. The next step will smooth everything out.

Sanding The Layered Paint Technique Texture

Creative Process Step 5

This is the fun part! The creative process #5 starts to kick in now.

Now that the texture is dried, use a 22o grit sandpaper (you can use your electric sander too) to smooth out any rough edges. Oh, there will be a lot. After sanding, you can run your hand across the texture and it being somewhat smooth to the touch but still leaving the texture behind.

Creative Process Step 6

We made it! This is awesome! Now to finish off this lovely layered paint technique with texture, I used a whitewash technique with the Drift Wood light gray chalk mineral paint. Basically, I diluted down the paint with water and applied it with a carwash sponge and them wiping it back with a paper towel until I got the look I wanted. Wipe on, wipe off. Don’t miss this step. The whitewash gets caught in all the textured edges and really brings out all the texture goodness here.

Add a topcoat if you want or you can take it a step further. I used Dixie Belle Pearlescent Glaze over the layered paint texture and it looks amazing. The glaze really high lighted the high peaks on the texture.

* The legs and inside corners of these end tables were accented with black wax and dirt.

The Results Of Layered Paint Technique With Texture

The end results of a layered paint technique for furniture using a texture medium.

 

The look is stunning when you use a layered paint technique with a texture additive on vintage furniture.

 

The end tables were a hit and added so much to my space. I could sit here all day.

I know!!! My sofa stole the show. Sorry end tables but you can’t be pretty all by yourself. Just wanted to give you a visual of how they look in my guest room AKA “room above my studio” in case I need to take a break… or nap between projects. *wink *wink

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you enjoyed learning about this layered paint technique with a texture additive. What do you think about the texture? Like the look??? Feel free to leave your feedback in the comment section below. Or just say, hey! I’d love to know that you’ve been here.

Until the next project… xo, Do

ps… this layered paint technique works well on home decor too.

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Layered Paint Technique With Texture - Furniture Makeover

10 Comments

  • Oh my goodness! I love all things texture, this is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your talent. ❤️

  • Yes, I love the texture too. Just makes everything so much more interesting. Thank you, sweet friend. 🙂 xo

  • Thank you, Shelley! I appreciate you. xo, Do

  • Love the rustic farmhouse look. Thanks for sharing the different looks you can achieve. I enjoy all of your projects. Thanks again.

  • Thanks, Pat!
    So glad you’re enjoying them. The farmhouse style is near and dear to my heart. Always will be. Have a blessed week. xo, Do

  • Love it! We just bought 2 end tables that are a bit rough looking, and I think this technique will be awesome on them. Also, really appreciate your creative process steps! Intend to get stuck at #4, glad to know I’m not the only one that goes through that!

  • Hi Bobbi,
    Step #4 is a bogger for sure. It’s super easy. Just trust the process and have fun. xo, Do

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