Ok so by now you have painted several pieces of furniture. Let me ask you? Are you tired of painting everything one color? Are you yearning to try new techniques and have your pieces stand out from others?
When I took my very first Chalk paint class six or so years ago, I remember feeling like I wanted to know as much as I could about painting furniture. I was hungry to learn advanced techniques beyond painting one color. I wanted to layer, distress, dry brush, create texture and more and more and more. Sound like you?
Of course, I still do paint pieces one color but I’m happy that I have the tools to do different techniques on pieces that call for it. You will see why this piece was the perfect candidate for this technique.
So, If you are like me and like to paint outside the lines every now and then, stay tuned and I will walk you thru the steps of how to create textured layered finishes on painted furniture.
- Couture Crust
- Paint * I used Paint Couture, Peace, Madagascar Mocha, Shale Stone & Charlotte Grey. Depending on your piece you could probably use 8-ounce sample sizes for all of your colors
- Bellagio Trowel
- Foam plate or plastic bowls for mixing
- Chip Brushes
- popsicle sticks or Knife set
- small sea sponge
So here is the BEFORE
Not the most beautiful high-quality piece of furniture in the world. It’s a cheap knock-off of the french provincial pieces that were so popular in the 70’s and 80’s. So it’s a knock off of a knock off 🙂
It also has some serious damaged by a dog that made the legs and bottom skirt his snack. When I bought this dresser for $25 at Habitat Restore I wasn’t that worried about the damage because I knew that I could make it work. Of course, you can do this kind of technique with anything you choose but this allowed me to lessen the damage of this piece and to give it a new life.
Step by Step Formula:
Since this piece is a somewhat shiny laminate I made sure to power sand the entire piece with 150 grit sand paper. I removed all dust and cleaned well with krud kutter. For detailed prep instructions please visit my post The Beginners Guide to Painting Furniture.
Next, paint your base coat and allow to dry a minimum 12 hours. I painted this piece with Shale Stone. Oh boy, I seem to have misplaced this photo 🙁 Sorry.
Are you ready to try something new? I’m excited too but let me quickly explain what Couture Crust is. Basically, it is a texture medium that will provide an instant aged or crusty look to your furniture or cabinets. It is an acrylic plaster speckled with a natural mineral from the earth. No primer is needed. It is an off white color out of the container but you can paint over it to change the color or you can mix paint into it to create a colored texture medium.
I will be be tinting Couture Crust with paint, applying it without paint. When you see off white textured areas in the photos that is the crust with no tinting. I really like the varying colors and texture this piece ended up with.
How to mix Couture Crust with Paint:
I add about three tablespoons Couture Crust and 1 tablespoon Shale Stone to a plastic container.
Then mix well. If needed you can add more paint until your mixture matches your paint color.
I repeated this process with Peace and Madagascar Mocha and put them on a foam plate.
***Let’s play a little game*** In the comments list how many times I use the word random. As you will see it’s a commom “technique” that I will be using throughout this project.
I applied the paint tinted Crust in random directions and thickness over the top of the dresser. Here is a video showing more detail on how to apply crust with the Bellagio trowel. Demonstrated by Micki Coles.
Here is what it looks like once I applied all of the different Couture Crust & Paint mixtures with the Bellagio trowel
Wait for it………….
Ok at this point your thinking… This looks CRAZY!!! What is she thinking? Hang in there because it’s all going to come together in the end. I pinky swear 😉
I let the textured finish set up about 15 minutes. I then used a small sea sponge to create varying texture in random areas so that it doesn’t look to uniform. Here is a short video of that technique.
Here is a close up of the dried textured finish at this stage.
Great texture right. Have you heard of Saltwash? It’s all the rage these days. You can create the same beautiful texture using Couture Crust. It’s pretty much the same technique too.
Here is another quick video
Lightly dip the tips of your brush into your paint and off load on a piece of card board. I applied paint in random areas to soften lines and create layers. I also dry brushed Charlotte Grey over the top. It really softened the overall look.
Here is a close up of the top once it was al finished.
I dry brushed Charlotte Grey over the bottom as well.
So that’s it! It seems like a lot of steps but actually, they all go pretty quickly. Of course, you can layer any color combinations you like. If you don’t want this much texture just apply the crust randomly in a few areas here and there.
Have fun painting outside the lines!!!
If you would like to learn to create more layered finishes get your free pdf guide by clicking the link below.