Last month, I took a class to learn how to use Dixie Belle Paint (read my review of the paint HERE) which took place inside a pretty amazing antique barn. My mother-in-law and some of her friends joined in the workshop, and we had so much fun! My abs are always sore after hanging with this crew because they are so dang funny!
After the class, we decided to look around the barn a bit. I was actually on the lookout to get a cute little crock to put flowers in, but couldn’t find anything that was exactly what I was looking for. Then, a friend noticed this clay pitcher, and I fell in love! She grabbed it from the shelf and suggested I paint it – I was sold. My generous mother-in-law bought the pitcher for me as a gift, and I couldn’t be happier to get this thing painted!
I actually completed this project simultaneously as I was completing my bookshelf project (click HERE to learn how I whitewashed my bookshelf) and chose to wait to share this project a bit later so it wouldn’t be so confusing as I jumped from one project to another. Side note: does anyone else multitask with projects, or is that crazy lol?
I thought about painting this pitcher solid with white and keep it clean, which I could end up doing in the future if I want to simplify the look. But, I really wanted to give dry brushing a try on this piece, to add a little character.
What is dry brushing?
This is a super easy and simple technique that can be used on any project. It adds a bit more of a vintage and handmade feel to a piece rather than painting it with an even coat like normal. You literally use a dry brush to achieve this worn look!
Pro tip: practice this technique on a scrap piece of wood before trying this on your project! Don’t have anything to practice on? Use the bottom of your pitcher!
- Flat chip brush (these are super cheap at Home Depot, but if you want to order THIS is a good looking set)
- Chalk paint (I’m prefer white and I’m still working on using all of my Annie Sloan, but any type of chalk paint will work)
- something to paint! Terra cotta pot, pitcher, wooden frame, etc!
- Gently dab your dry brush in the paint. Be sure to remove any excess. I like to take my brush and dab the excess on my paint can lid.
- Gently make small strokes on your piece. I like to go in the same general direction initially (I painted in horizontal strokes first). Remember you can always go back and add more!
- Continue this process until you have covered the entire piece in the same general direction.
- Optional: Now you can go back using the same technique but add strokes in varying directions. I chose to do this and I think it made the piece seem a little less “perfect” and a little more homey!
Note: I did not do a great job of taking photos while I did this! I have posted stories on my Instagram though and will save them in highlights so you can refer to that if you would like to see some live footage of me figuring this out!
I decided to display this pitcher on my buffet area, and I thought I had it styled the way I liked it before I started taking pictures. After staring at it for a bit, I started to move things around and actually took pictures as I did this. I thought it would be neat if I shared this process to give you an idea of how I play with things in each space. I first started with this pitcher, faux greenery, candles (I grabbed one from my coffee table), and a book.
As I started to play with it, I realized I wanted to throw in some more pink for spring and balance out each side of my buffet. I deconstructed by centerpiece I made for Valentine’s Day (learn how I did it HERE, it can be used for spring in general) and added in some blush blooms. I then grabbed this little glass pitcher with blush roses and placed it in front.
BUT something wasn’t just right… I was ALMOST there, I could tell. But it just didn’t “feel” just right. Then, I decided to make a tiny switch – and it made all the difference!
Just swapping the book/greenery and the glass pitcher made all the difference! It felt more balanced and JUST right.
I hope you give this dry brush paint technique a try! I plan on doing it with some terra cotta pots soon! What projects do you have planned that you can dry brush?
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