Have you ever heard of painting furniture with artisan powder? Me neither. But I tried it anyway. I’m excited to share a new color blending technique that you may find helpful with your diy projects. It makes blending soft color onto furniture really easy and n it helped transform this roadside makeover into a romantic Botanical-French-Country beauty.
So, let me back up a bit. Last Sunday, my sister and I ‘busted’ Dad out of the LTC home (an ongoing joke we have with him) and took him on a leisurely country drive before stopping for ice cream. As luck would have it, we found this gorgeous vintage dresser roadside for bulk pick-up. Well, you know where this is going. I need a bumper sticker that warns drivers that “I stop for ALL furniture finds”. Who could resist this though, right?!
After a thorough cleaning and a few small repairs, I experimented and played with some new products that were sent to me from [Re]Design With Prima. Thank you ReDesign for your generous box of goodies!
To my SI family, just a heads up. Bloggers get some great mail/products sent their way. However, you guys will only hear about the products I love and feel worthy of sharing. If it’s not going to help you or have a positive impact on your makeovers, I won’t waste your time sharing it. That’s a promise. 🙂
Anyway, included in this goodie box were a few powdered artisan pigments. I’ve obviously heard of artists using pigments to mix into mediums, but I’ve never heard or seen anyone using pigmented powder directly on painted furniture. I’m not even sure if that’s what ReDesign intended me to use it for, but I was feeling experimental.
Here’s the roadside rescue restyled. I L*O*V*E the way this colored powder blends seamlessly and adds a Parisian Rosewood hue onto the dry brushed paint finish. What do you think? Perfect for any romantic interior, right?
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FURNITURE PAINTING WITH ARTISAN POWDER::
I’m sharing the steps I used to create this look but it was seriously all experimenting and having fun. I couldn’t tell you if this would work on darker pieces but I’m guessing if it was a darker artisan powder, it should. If anyone has more experience using these types of pigments, I’d love to hear your thoughts and tips.
Step #1 – Clean, Prep & Paint
After I thoroughly cleaned this piece and stain blocked it with BOSS, I dry brushed Putty and Sand Bar to create a weathered wood finish. I’ve included a full weathered wood tutorial link in the related posts below.
Step #2 – Add Graphic Transfers
After the paint was 100% dry and lightly sanded, I applied this ‘Time’ Graphic Furniture Transfer onto each door.
Step #3 – Brush on Artisan Powder
With a Purdy brush, I gently touched the ends of the bristle into the artisan powder. I used VERY little! A VERY small amount of powder goes a long way!
I added it around the perimeter of the drawers and then in random spots throughout the piece to blend.
If the color was not strong enough in a certain area, I dipped the end of my bristles again and brushed on more powder. That’s it. Nothing fancy or complicated. The powder is easy to control and blends seamlessly.
Just a word of caution though. Wear old clothes and make sure your work area is protected. The powder got on my pants and floor and it did stain. So will the paint brush you use.
Here’s are a few close-ups. In the first pic, you can see exactly where Parisian Rose Powder was added, and where it was not.
I would never have thought to use an artisan powder to add color to a piece of furniture but it works amazing! The key is to put VERY little on the tip of your brush bristles and rub in gently.
I hope this has inspired you to try painting with powder!
Update** Sorry guys! I forgot to mention this piece was top coated and sealed. I used Gator Hide on the top of the dresser because it’s waterproof and super durable – no worries if you throw your keys or anything else on there. And the body was sealed protected with this spray wax.
I’D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS BLENDED FINISH. IF YOU USED ARTISAN POWDERS AND HAVE ANY TIPS YOU’D LIKE SHARE OR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Happy painting and have an inspiring day my friends,
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