Chalk paint blending is one of those techniques you either love or hate. I remember when I dreaded trying to get that silky seamless finish. It would never come out just right and I would end up applying more coats than I care to remember.
But just like everything, if you put in the practice you’ll eventually get the knack of it. Today I’m going to share with you what I’ve learned to get that flawless blended look. Let me start by showing you the before picture of this small dresser.
This salvaged piece had been painted a navy blue likely several years ago. It had quite a few nicks and scratches that I took care of with wood filler. Other than that, it was structurally sound and I liked the curves and details of this piece.
Let's Dive In!
√ 3 paint colors of choice. I used: Champlain and Inglenook by Fusion Mineral and Behr’s Boreal from Home Depot which I made into chalk paint with this recipe.
√ Purdy paint brushes
√ Electric sander (this is the one I have)
√ 80 grit sandpaper and 400 or above
√ Aged Brass Metallic Wax by Art Alchemy
√ Dixie Belle Bronze Gilding Wax
√ General Finishes Topcoat, satin
√ Foam brush
√ Water mister
Step #1: Sand
I give the entire dresser a quick sanding with my favorite orbital sander. I don’t worry about sanding the previous paint off as I’m going to be going over it with a few coats of paint.
Step #2: Paint Your Base Coat(s)
For my first and second coat of paint I applied my three colors while setting up the look for the final coat. I started with my champlain, an off white, at the top. In the middle I applied my Inglenook, the light green. And at the bottom, Boreal, the darker green.
On your first or second coat it is not necessary to blend. You’re simply getting coverage on your piece. Depending on the coverage ability of your paint, you may need one or two coats before adding your final coat where you blend.
I used a piece of painters tape to mark the level of the pattern on the front so I could keep things level on the sides.
Step #3. Let's Blend!
While the top section is still wet, I begin painting on my middle section with the mint green, using a separate paint brush.
I work smoothly and quickly. I use horizontal strokes.
When I reach the border of the mint-green with the off-white, I take my off-white paintbrush and mist it a little and begin blending over the border between the two colors. (this technique is demonstrated in my video below).
Once the top two colors are blended nicely, I start applying my Boreal color, my darker green at the bottom. Again, I paint the dark green all the way up to the border with the mint green.
Then using my mint green paint brush and a mist of water, I blend the middle and bottom colors.
Video Of The Blending Technique
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Here are some tips for a successful blend:
√ Keep your paint moist but not overly wet.
√ Instead of spraying the surface and risking water or drip marks, spray your paint brush before applying paint.
√ Use a misting bottle, not a regular spray bottle. You want the droplets to be very fine and light.
√ When you are blending two colors, keep your paint strokes light and swift and in the direction of the blend.
√ A dry, clean paint brush is a great tool for blending your colors.
√ Finally, don’t stress out over perfection. I always aim for a medley of colors melting together with different hues, like a pretty sunset.
NOW, FOR THE TOP
I loved the detail of the hardware of this piece. To bring it back to life, I applied a coat of Dixie Belle’s Bronze Gilding Wax followed by some Art Alchemy Aged Brass Wax in random places only. The aged brass highlights over the bronze added a vintage touch.
Time To Sit Back And Enjoy Your Artwork
Thank you for reading my friends. Let me know what you thought of this renovation. I would love to know!
And now I leave you with one more view of the before and after of this charming dresser.