Make a Splash!: An Overview of Passionate Paint Finishes for Walls (7)

Paint Finishes for Walls75. Dry Brushing. Dry brushing uses very little paint, as only the tips of the bristles are dipped in the paint, and as much paint as possible is removed. The technique is similar to colorwashing but the paint does not cover as much surface and therefore creates a more textured effect.

It is perfect for a rustic setting such as an outdoor room or kitchen, but do keep in mind that this technique tends to emphasize imperfections in walls, so select your space accordingly.

The Steps:

  1. Paint the wall in a base coat, bearing in mind that some of it will show through.
  2. Dip the tip of a large household paintbrush into undiluted paint and scrape off as much as possible. Brush on to the wall in varying directions.
  3. Continue working in the same way, adding more paint to the tips of your brush only when very little paint is released when you are brushing. Continue to brush, adding tiny bits of paint until you are pleased with the effect.
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