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!

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