Painting Technique: Master Dry Brushing @ Reward Me

Master the Art of Dry Brushing

It’s the paint technique that is used for romantic French and beach house chic – use it to transform your wooden furniture and accessories.

Preparation work

  • Wash off any dirty or greasy buildup with a kitchen sponge and dishwashing liquid. Rinse well and leave to dry before you sand.
  • If there is varnish on the item, lightly sand it off before you begin. You don‘ t have to sand off all the varnish – just sand until the surface is slightly rough, so that the paint can adhere to it.
  • You don‘ t have to sand the areas with intricate detail. Just wipe off the dust with a dry brush.


  • Don‘ t seal the items with varnish. Varnishes have a glossy appearance, even the matt types, and this style requires a matt appearance.
  • If the paint starts to wear off – for example, on a chair’ s armrests – just lightly paint over the area again.
  • Use white enamel paint, applied lightly, for a more permanent finish. You won‘ t get a soft, powdery look, but it will have a slight sheen.

To make:

Step 1 - Prepare the items that you would like to paint as required and place them on a piece of newspaper, canvas or a sheet of plastic.


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Step 2 - Dip your paintbrush in white paint, wipe the excess paint off against the side of the container and dab the brush on newspaper until it is almost dry.

Step 3 - Lightly stroke the brush back and forth over the item. Start with the sections with a raised pattern, as these will stand out the most and will determine how you should paint the rest of the item.

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Step 4 - Continue to paint the item with your dry brush and paint a few more layers until you are satisfied with the overall appearance.

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