How To Create A Dry Brush Finish

dry brush finish

Hi there! I’m so excited to share with you how to create a dry brush finish. I absolutely love it on my coffee table, and feel like it would be perfect in a cottage by the sea. If only that’s where mine was….but it never hurts to dream right?!

Now don’t worry this finish is super easy to do. It just takes some patience, and maybe a little practice before you try it on your main piece. It definitely took me a few tries of doing it before I was actually happy with the result!

dry brush finish

 

Materials Needed

  • White Paint
  • Varathane Weathered Grey Stain
  • Mineral Spirits
  • Rags
  • Foam Brush
  • Paint Brush
  • Paper Towel
  • Piece of furniture to finish

 

dry brush finish

 

Step One

The first step is to wipe down the wood with mineral spirits. This will remove any dust particles that may be on the piece. Then you can apply your stain, which I like to use a foam brush for. Follow the manufacturer’s label for your stain and wipe off accordingly. The one that I used only needs a few minutes, and then can be wiped off.

 

dry brush finish

 

Step Two

After staining your piece of wood, it should look something like this. I would suggest letting the stain dry overnight, before you begin dry brushing. If you do it when the stain is still wet, you may end up picking up the stain colour on the paint brush.

 

 

dry brush finish

 

Step Three

Now it’s time to begin the dry brushing part! To start the process, you very lightly dip the end of your paintbrush into the can. Then you dab off the excess paint on a paper towel, so that the brush almost appears dry. Next you start brushing very gently, just grazing over top of the wood. Make sure you do this each time you go back for paint.

 

dry brushing

 

Step Four

As you work through the dry brushing process, this is what the wood will look like. Your goal is to create very faint white lines. If you have an old paintbrush with bristles that are worn, I would definitely use it! It will help create more definitive lines because the bristles don’t hold as much paint.

 

 

dry brushing

 

Step Five

After lightly covering the piece with one coat, you can go back over it multiple times. The number of times you do this depends on the look you desire. I like it fairly white so I did it about three times, but if you prefer more faint you could even do just one! Once satisfied you can let it dry, then either apply a protective top coat or enjoy your piece!

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I’d love to see your finished piece if you want to send me a photo! If you have any questions about the process feel free to ask me, I am happy to help!