Using the color wash technique is an easy way to create a watercolor, layered look. A color wash can also mimic a glaze look or a strie finish. A simple way to add a bit of dimension to any finish, just add water. Using the color wash technique is also a great way to replicate a Restoration Hardware type of finish. You can also combine techniques like a "Dry Brush" to add more depth and dimension to your furniture finishes.
How to do a wash technique:
- Paint your piece in a chalk-type paint, just like Jolie Matte Finish Paint and let it dry.
- Next, take your spray bottle of water and spray the entire surface with water (work on one section at a time, like the top, then the side, then each drawer front, etc.). Keep in mind you want to work from the top of the piece down, so you eliminate dip marks.
- Next, dip your chip brush or mini brush into your paint. Don't overload your brush, but have a moderate amount
- Spread your paint into the wet surface. The areas that are sticking will need more water added.
- Once the paint is spread all over the wet section, take your Suite Shop Towels or rags and begin to wipe back the paint. The harder you wipe the more you will take off, so adjust your pressure. Also, if you wipe too hard, you may take off the base coat. Be sure to give the base coat ample time to dry before layering this technique.
- Move down to the next section.
- When your piece is complete, let dry and seal with wax.