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Blue and Gray Tables: Using a Two Color Dry Brush Technique

I've been painting furniture long enough to know what colors sell well and what painting and distressing styles are popular. But that doesn't stop me from trying new things! Case in point: this pair of side tables.

I had originally painted the pair in Annie Sloan's French Linen, but they weren't selling, and frankly were a bit too boring for my taste. I tried distressing them more, but they still didn't feel right. 

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I thought about painting them in an entirely new color, but that seemed a bit wasteful of the perfectly good gray paint, so I tried something else: dry brushing. 

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 I found a color I thought would meld nicely with gray, Duck Egg Blue, and put just the slightest bit of paint on my brush and got to work.  I went along with the grain of how I'd originally painted the tables, and just used the blue sporadically initially.

I started to favor the blue a bit more, so I used the gray as a way of adding lowlights [sometimes, I really feel like I'm a hair colorist with the way I talk about paint!] to the tables.

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Once I felt I'd added enough blue, I let them dry and sanded the entire piece to smooth things out and blend the two colors together. 

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The result was really light and subtle.  The colors work together almost resembling the pattern of flame stitch fabric on the table top.

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Using two colors with the dry brush method is a playful take on the 'shabby chic' style and I'm really happy with the outcome.  I just placed them for sale on Craigslist and in my shop, so be sure to check them out!