Use a Chip Brush for texture

Some pieces of furniture can seem a bit complicated and overwhelming. This coffee table has a basket weave pattern on 3 sides. As I was considering how to paint this piece I had visions of  me painting each of the individual weaved areas with a small brush for hours and hours and then waxing each small area for the rest of my life! 😉 Haha So to avoid that misery I decided to go with a different approach.

I thought this piece would be a perfect candidate for a distressed, brushed look that can be achieved with a Chip Brush. A Chip Brush has less bristles and is uneven at the end. This is a great Brush to use for the dry brush technique. When using a chip brush you want to use as little paint on the brush as posible. I dip just the end of the brush into the paint and them dab it on the paint lid until most of the paint is off. Then lightly brush over the area. You will be able to see the brush lines in the paint. You can go as light or heavy as you want.

I was careful not to get any paint in the deeper areas as well as leaving some of the original color showing through. Then I used a rough sanding block to distress it over the large metal pin heads, edges and any areas that I felt were too thick with paint. I used Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint and instead of wax I used a sponge brush and sealed it with General Finishes Top Coat Semi-Gloss.

You end up with a pretty rustic, distressed look. This wasn’t complicated or time consuming but the coffee table has a brand new farmhouse look. Each piece of furniture is unique and it’s just a matter of finding the right paint color and technique to transform it into something beautiful!


Love the new look and character of this piece!! Leave a comment below with any questions you may have about using a Chip Brush as well as your thoughts on this technique. I would love to hear from you!



Cindy 😊



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