I call this paint technique the lazy girl way to distress furniture. Technically it’s called the dry brush technique, but I like my name for it better.
For this project, I found a not-so-pretty chair at Goodwill for only $4.99. It’s a solid wood, Ashley Furniture Co. chair, probably originally a part of a set, with good bones.
A while back I wrote THIS post about recovering an ugly chair, so be sure to check it out.
For the lazy girl dry brush technique, you need a dry scruffy type brush, and your favorite color paint. I didn’t even sand the chair or prime it before I painted it, but you can if you want. Remember, this is the lazy girl method, so I opted out.
For the distressed look, I literally gave it a one coat, “sloppy” paint job. I did make sure that all my brush strokes were going the same direction. In the nooks and crannies, I took an old rag and rubbed some of the paint off.
If you rub too much off, just go back and re-paint. If you add too much paint and it dries, go back with some sandpaper and take off the extra paint.
Seriously, this method is basically fool proof.
I let the paint dry overnight, then I used a clear coat of sealer. You definitely don’t want to skip this step, because it’s what seals the paint in. And remember, I didn’t sand or prime first, so unless I want the paint to continue to rub off, it has to have that final coat of sealer.
For another take on the dry brush, paint rub technique, you can also check out THIS past post on a set of candlesticks that I painted.
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