Kitchen Dresser Blended Dry brush technique.

Kitchen Dresser Blended Dry brush technique.

Kitchen Dresser Blended Dry brush technique.

This simple style kitchen dresser was in poor shape when it arrived in the workshop, it had in a previous life been given a coat of liming varnish all over that was chipping and peeling. The bones were good it was just in need of a refresh.

How to do a Blended Dry brush technique

The before.

Prep

Every piece is unique and that means the level of prep required is different and has to be assessed on a piece by piece basis. This dresser was structurally sound so no fixing was needed just a good clean and sanding. I used my orbital sander and used a 120 grit all over the carcass and a Sandi hand sanding glove for the recessed areas around the doors and the barley twists. The top was also sanded with the orbital in a variety of grits from 80 all the way up to 300, so it was smooth and blemish free. It was then washed thoroughly and left to dry.

Painting

I wasn’t sure what finish I going to do but knew I wanted to use Champness so grabbed a pot and brushed a little on to see how it looked. It was fine but I knew I didn’t want a solid finish so had a look at the stash in the workshop to see what would go with it. Algonquin was the next colour I choose and the 2  together looked ‘beachy’ … so finish chosen I got to work.

How to do a blending dry brush technique

Beachy blend palette 

Blending

With the first 2 colours applied ( and looking like the kids had been at it! )  I used Putty to dry brush all over and repeated the process with Raw Silk, it needed more in some areas and less in others and it toned the overall look down to a muted soft beachy look. It’s a personal preference of how much or less you apply but you can see this would work with lots of different colour combo’s! It was simple and quick and I love using this technique when you don’t want solid coverage or you want a vintage vibe.

Kitchen Dresser Blended Dry brush technique.

Kitchen Dresser Blended Dry brush technique.

 

 

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Kitchen Dresser Blended Dry brush technique.

Kitchen Dresser Blended Dry brush technique.

 

Kitchen Dresser Blended Dry brush technique.

After.

 

Kitchen Dresser Blended Dry brush technique.

Beachy blended look.

 

Kitchen Dresser Blended Dry brush technique.

Looking pretty

Well I really love how this turned out and the colour palette! It’s gonna look great in someone’s kitchen.

What do you think? what would you use this technique on? Leave a comment and let me know

Sarah xx

 

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