Furniture painting doesn't have to be boring or one dimensional. Adding texture to your paint can give tons of depth and result in a wide array of looks. Whether you are going for an old world look, rusted metal, rigged stone, or just want to add some boho texture, Saltwash can kick your paint game up a notch.
For this technique, I primed my piece first to lock in any tannins or stains. Then I mixed Saltwash into my Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint until it had the consistency of cake icing. Using an old, stiff paint brush, I stippled my Saltwash/Paint mixture onto my piece, being careful to press the brush down and pull up in a straight forward motion to create plenty of peaks in the paint. Let it dry for a few minutes to begin to set, and then using a dry brush, lightly drag at a 45 degree angle over the texture to knock down any sharp or large peaks.
Repeat with multiple colors if you want an even more dimensional look. Once you are satisfied with your texture, let it fully dry. Once dry, paint the piece fully using your main color. Once the finished paint job is completely dry, it's time to reveal your accent colors. Using a fine or medium grit sanding sponge, lightly sand the textured areas, removing the main color and revealing the accent colors hidden underneath. After sanding each area, I prefer to then wipe with a wet wipe or damp paper towel to remove any sanding dust. When you are happy with the colors, apply two coats of varnish for protection. You can stop here if you are satisfied with the look or you can add glaze for even more depth and dimension. For this piece, I applied multiple glazes to give shadows and shimmer for a more Boho appearance.
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