Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Paint Tutorial 2

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So I, along with many of you, received a message this week from Pinterest saying that one of my pins had been removed for copyright infringement.  What this means is that someone reported one of MY pictures, with MY watermark, leading to MY post as theirs.  I assure you--these are my photos and my post and my technique.  I have tried to contact Pinterest about this, but they have not replied.  I am reposting the tutorial in hopes that it will not be removed (I repinned it, but it got removed again so hopefully this new post will work!).  

PLEASE pin away--thanks!!!

How did you paint that?  This is probably the number one question I get--how did you paint that, what is your paint technique?  Honestly, I am not sure I have a technique, but I will attempt to share with you what I do.  However, I do have a disclaimer: I have been painting furniture for more than a dozen years.  My style or technique has evolved and changed and developed over those years, and I am sure it will continue to do so.  I also believe that I might have a knack for it, it comes easily and naturally to me--how I paint a particular thing is often a feeling or instinct.  So, with that said, here you go:
how did you paint that paint tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/04/paint-tutorial-2.html
I am showing this on a piece of pallet wood--all wood and furniture is different and take the paint and stain differently. If at first you don't succeed, keep playing and trying.  I sand the wood usually a little before painting to get some of the rough spots off, but not too much as the roughness helps add to the character.  I most often use what is called a chip brush.  These are inexpensive, natural bristle brushes that cost under $1.  I like them because they do not cover completely, and are cheap enough to replace as needed.
how did you paint that paint tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/04/paint-tutorial-2.html
As I have said many times, I slap some paint on.  I usually paint several boards at once, starting with the lightest color of paint I am using.
how did you paint that paint tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/04/paint-tutorial-2.html


I do not clean off my brush between colors, but I do brush it on wood until most of the color is gone.  I do use a different brush for red or if the colors aren't going to blend well. Hint-- I keep a separate brush that I use only for red paint in case it doesn't get completely cleaned out.

I wait a bit for the paint to dry.  It isn't always completely dry when I paint the next layer, it depends on how impatient I am. I only painted 2 layers for this tutorial, but I have done up to 5. I do not completely cover up the first layer.   For my pieced pallet things I have being painting mostly just one color since they are so colorful.
how did you paint that paint tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/04/paint-tutorial-2.html
When the paint is dry (again, mostly dry anyway), I sand it--sometimes a lot, sometimes very little.  I most often us an 80 grit sandpaper or whatever is on the sander.
how did you paint that paint tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/04/paint-tutorial-2.html
Here is how much I sanded this piece of wood:
how did you paint that paint tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/04/paint-tutorial-2.html
I then use a stain, sometimes a wax, over the top.  I have found some of the pallet wood takes the stain really dark so I have been using something a little lighter like Early American or Provincial.  I ran out of those a few days ago, so I am using dark walnut.
how did you paint that paint tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/04/paint-tutorial-2.html
I cover the paint/piece of wood completely.  Notice, I use a chip brush for this too.  Wipe the brush off on a rag and one will last you several months.  
how did you paint that paint tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/04/paint-tutorial-2.html
After putting on the stain, I wipe it off with a rag (a piece of an old t-shirt).  Note--stain rags should be put in a bucket of water and not reused.  I throw them out on trash day.  A friend's garage caught on fire from 4 stain rags left on a pile of trash--use caution!!  And drumroll please...the finished results:
how did you paint that paint tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/04/paint-tutorial-2.html

how did you paint that paint tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/04/paint-tutorial-2.html
Some of you have asked what colors of paint I use.  Honestly, it changes always--sometimes I use cans of latex I have and sometimes I grab some craft acrylic paint.  I often mix colors that I have bits of.  Happy painting!

15 comments:

  1. I have tried this after seeing you do it a few years ago and got some really nice results. Thanks for sharing your techniques. I hope the Pinterest problem gets sorted out, I'd like to hear more details on that.

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  2. I got the same message too about your post that I had pinned and thought it very odd. It doesn't make sense why someone would do that. I re-posted it and chose a different photo and so far, it hasn't been removed. We will see. Thanks for re-posting it. :D

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  3. Which paints do you use for projects that are going to remain outside after you finish them?

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  4. Thanks for the tut...I love the way you paint...I think I am going to try this on a piece of furniture I got a couple years ago. It's the bottom part of a kitchen piece with the bins. The guy stained to top and it is really ugly...I can see this technique on it...it should be awesome.

    Sorry about the mess with pinterest...it blows my mind that someone would do this to you!

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  5. Adoro este tutorial; não me canso de reler. Já consultei o original várias vezes, vou traduzindo e tentando adaptar com o que tenho aqui no Brasil. Parabéns.

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  6. I love the colors that you always choose. Thanks for sharing the tutorial! Have a great week.
    ~Tami @ Curb Alert!

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  7. SUPER TRANSFORMAÇÃO BEAUTIFUL.BEIJO.VALÉRIA.

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  8. I'm going to try this again! I did it on 2x4's and it didn't work, but I sort of didn't follow your tutorial. :)

    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. right?

    have a Blessed Easter with your family and friends Becky!
    gail

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  9. Thanks Becky. This is such a great tutorial. Pinned (again).
    Easter blessings,
    Patti

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  10. You say that every pallet takes paint and stain differently. I was thinking about doing cabinets for an entire kitchen, including an island and pantry cabinets, out of pallet wood. Do you think the differences in the wood would cause it to look too mismatched? Or would it look mismatched, but in a shabby chic way?

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  11. Just found your site and I love your work! Thanks for sharing your techniques-makes me excited to go try them out!

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  12. Thank you so much for your tutorial. I just completed a large pallet shelf for my living room. I used 4 colors total including red and green and leftover orange and blue from painting my daughter's rooms. I would love to send a pic once it is assembled and hung. This is my first time to really paint, sand and stain and it was so fun. Definately time consuming but worth the process. :) Thanks again! Tresa

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  14. I have used your technique before and it was great. I have noticed that you said you are going to be working with Annie Sloan paint. Have you done this technique with Annie's paint yet? Just curious as I have also used her paint on other projects.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate your kind words!