A New Painting Technique, for me at least

When I was painting furniture for the Bloom & Shine sale I tried a new technique that worked out well for me.

I will admit, it started out of wanting to cut corners.  It was a small shelf unit and I did not want to paint the insides with a brush but I knew I wanted to distress it.Bloom shine phone 008

I actually decided to try it on several pieces, including this chair.

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And this small shelf unit.  Really ugly right?

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Here is the chair with a first coat of green and I didn’t have to deal with painting all of the spindles with a brush.

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On the chair, I wiped down the seat while it was still wet to give that look of a butt moving on it for years.  Very technical process here.

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Back to the tall shelf unit, once it was coated with the spray paint I found some stain that I already had.

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And brushed it all over, really messy and let it sit for a minute or two.  The wood on this was a little rough so it did help grab the color more than if it was smooth.

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And then I wiped it with a paper towel.

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Here is a close up of the left behind stain with almost a striping effect.  It is important to wipe in the direction of the wood grain so that it looks more natural.

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I painted the small red shelf green.  This picture shows the wet stain after it was wiped down.

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Same thing with the chair, smooshed it all around, let it sit and then wiped it down.

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When it was dry, I did two spray on coats of Poly, with the exception of the seat of the chair that I brushed on clear wax.

Here is the blue shelf finished.

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And here is a close up of the finish.

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Here is the chair finished.

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And here is the ugly little red cabinet all prettied up…

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So, if you want to give a piece a distressed or rustic finish without having to brush the paint on, this could be another option for you!

I will be sharing at some of link parties in my “Parties I Attend” tab above, come stop by!

Thanks for stopping by!

Take care,


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15 thoughts on “A New Painting Technique, for me at least”


  1. What green did you use? I love it. Nice job. I have been waiting to try this technique, you’ve given me the courage. Thanks

  2. Julie,
    These pieces came out great. I used to “antique” old pieces this way when we were first married and had a very small furniture budget but never thought of spraying the first coat on…what a time saver! Thanks for sharing this tip…the photos helped too:-)

  3. Hello Laura,
    The updates that you made on the chair and shelve look amazing. Would you rate the project simple, medium or hard on a skill level? Thanks for sharing!
    Smiles, Paula

  4. They are beautiful Laura, I love your technical techniques! 🙂 I never thought about wiping the paint off while still wet though, that is a great idea!
    Hope all is well!

  5. Love each piece and looks like a great technique. What color/brand green paint did you use for the chair?

  6. Lovin’ that green color. Would you mind sharing the shade and brand? I love distressing pieces with stain. I find it so much easier to work with than brown wax. Awesome job!

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  8. Love the way all of the pieces look after their transformations. What colors/brands did you use for each piece. Thanks for sharing!!

  9. They look great but a step seems to be missing. You say you didn’t want to use a brush but don’t say what you did use? Further down you mention “after spraying” so I’m assuming you used spray paint? Thanks for any clarification.