Have you seen all the cool painted texture furniture out there lately? My friend Stephanie with Re-hab To Fab inspired me with her amazing texture technique, so I thought I’d try it for myself. I’ve always had this thing for old buildings where the plaster had fallen off with exposed bricks. For this makeover, I have a specific look and a deep meaning behind it—Hanky alert.
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How To Add Amazing Painted Texture To Furniture – Before
No, this isn’t a cedar chest. That would be sacrilegious. This was a custom build by someone local, and a friend purchased this on Marketplace for $40. Score! It’s in great shape and perfect for my idea of painted texture and a never-ending story.
- White Lightning (wood cleaner)
- Paintbrush (Dixie Belle Mini)
- Chip Brush… disposable
- Paintbrush (Belle Brush) for blending
- BOSS (clear)
- Butter Cream (chalk mineral paint)
- Gravel Road (chalk mineral paint)
- Sea Spray (texture additive)
- Plastic Spreaders (for spreading texture)
- Spray Mist Bottle (for water)
- Top Coat (clear matte)
- Decor Transfer (Never-ending Story)
Prepping The Furniture Before Painting
Before you start with any makeover, you must clean and prep the surface before you paint. I use White Lightning (cleaner) to make sure to remove the things you can’t see with the naked eye. It may look clean, but you really don’t want to guess this part of a makeover. There could be hidden grime and or oils on the surface that could cause the finish to fail. After cleaning, apply a water-based stain blocker/primer. I used the BOSS on this piece.
I applied the Sea Spray with a chip brush with the end of my paintbrush, leaving peaks and rough texture. I used a plastic spreader to rub over the texture lightly. Use a light hand when doing this. You aim to knock down the peaks and leave as much texture as possible.
The Second Layer Of Painted Texture
After the first layer of texture has dried (overnight is best), mix up a second color of the texture paint in a lighter color. I used the base color Butter Cream. This will create depth in the texture. Apply the Butter Cream texture paint over the first layer in the same fashion and smoothing down the rough peeks with the plastic spreader. Again, this may take another night to dry before proceeding to the next step fully.
I added a little paint blending with the Butter Cream and Gravel Road around the areas of texture to create a depth look to the texture.
The Decor Transfer For The Win
Now here’s the kicker… find a decor transfer and add it to the areas where the texture wasn’t applied. You can also customize these transfers. Most of them come in sheets, so I cut them out with a pair of scissors to fit where I want them to go. After applying, I seal it with a topcoat. Make sure your painted surface is dried well before the application of the transfer. I will not adhere well if the paint is still damp, even if it’s dried and cool to the touch. Paint dries from the surface first, so it can take a while to dry fully.
The Never-Ending Story
Recently I visited my Mom, who is an avid quilter. Ya, it’s a lost art for sure. She does all her quilts by hand. Every stitch!
We pulled all of her quilts (a lifetime of work) out of a dusty closet where they have laid in silence for so many years. I know I counted at least 20. We laughed and marveled over the beautiful patterns, materials from old clothing (some from my childhood) and talked about all the women in the community (that are now gone to be with their Lord) that had helped stitch these amazing artistic creations. AKA The Quilting Club. A weekly gathering of ladies who share their passion for the all-mighty needle and thread.
My Mom The Artist
I told Mom she was an artist, and I’ll never forget the look she had on her face. She smiled. It’s one of those moments that you know you’re witnessing something great. A gift from God and the talents she was given to share. Even if it was just with me at that very moment.
I take great pride in my work and the work of another artist. One thing for sure is, the world needs your talents. Whatever it may be. This is my never-ending story.
Until the next project… xo, Do