Tip Talkin’ Tuesday: Post 5- It’s All In The Technique

Painted furniture can be found just about anywhere these days! I think you all know how much I love it but I’ll admit, it takes something extra to catch my eye! I love scrolling through my Facebook news feed and seeing a wow piece pop up! You know the kind I’m talking about! A piece of furniture that just draws you in, holds you there and makes you want to look longer! Those pieces go past painted furniture and land right smack into the category of art! Why? They have a unique signature! That unique signature comes from technique!

Technique: a way of doing something by using special knowledge or skill

In this weeks’s edition of Tip Talkin Tuesday, I want to share the “special knowledge” of a few of my friends! These ladies produce art that always makes me want to look longer! They do an awesome job of breaking it down for you to too. I must confess, I am a bit of a mindless painter. I’ve been doing it for so long, it’s just kind of second nature. I’ve never really thought through the process in terms of blogging about it. Now, I can teach it hands on, easy peezy! Putting it into words, step by step, and taking pictures along the way…that’s another story!  Since I really am a hands on chic most of my time is spent in the shop, I’ve decided video tutorials may be best for me. I’m doing my research on cameras and all the technical stuff that goes along with video tutorials but I’m excited!

Before we dig in to the delightful photos, please keep in mind, technique is something you learn over time, by trial and error. Your technique is going to be different than mine! Instruction is helpful but YOU make the technique yours! In fact, I can guarantee that you will never duplicate any finish shown here! That’s the beauty of faux finishing! It’s an art form! It is meant to be unique! Your work doesn’t have to look like mine or anyone else’s!  Make it yours! I love this photo by another ooober talented painting friend, Lori, at Thee Velvet Glove {you can click on the photo to be transported to her beautiful site}.

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First up, the brilliant work from Karen at Redoux Interiors. For those of you who didn’t know, I started out doing faux finishes a decade ago and my heart still beats fast for anything that tricks the eye! That’s exactly what this technique does! Tell me this doesn’t look like real wood grain?

Honestly. Look close!

Amazing, right?!? Would you believe this table started out white? No grain at all on top? Well, it did! Karen has done an awesome tutorial and she makes it look insanely easy!  You can find the entire tutorial and more {faux} wood finishes here!

Next, Claudia at ReDone To Be ReLoved stole my heart with this piece! She did an excellent job of layering the paint, chose great colors and accented them perfectly with a touch of gold! All of the techniques she used require you to step outside your comfort zone! Choosing one bold color is gutsy enough, layering two bold colors is…AWESOME! Once you do it anyway! It’s downright scary at first! Try something small like a frame or wooden crate. Layering is work so practicing on smaller projects always helps!

Click here to read all about “Isabelle’s” transformation!

I saved this one for last because you are sure to get lost in the awesome video tutorials by the adorable Debi at Debi’s Design Diary…I do-every.single.time! This is a fun technique you can really play around with to achieve a different look each time! Just click on the photo below {you know it’s luring you in!!} and you’ll not only get the ~down low~ on how to achieve the look, you’ll get to watch the video…it’s good!

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Be fearless friends! I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Comments

  1. Thank you for the kind words and support Angela!!

  2. Thanks so much for the feature, Angela! You are so sweet and it’s an awesome opportunity for a newbie like me! XOXO

  3. Thank you so much for including me with these super talented artists! You write beautifully. Blogging suits you very well! Sharing tonight for those who didn’t see earlier. Thank you!

  4. Annie Gauthier says:

    Thanks for the post. I have painted furniture over the last 25 years. I tried different techniques. Sometimes I failed but sometimes I’m so happy about my work. The only thing here in Québec (Canada), we don’t have all the many paint lines that you have in the USA :-(
    Thank you for sharing, and for the tips.

    Annie

    • 25 Years?!? You obviously love it as much as I do! You know our successes wouldn’t be what they are without those failures! Good for you! And yes, we are very blessed with many options of paint to choose from! I’m glad you enjoyed the post and I appreciate your comment! ;) Angela

  5. I am fairly new to this business. And what I love most about it so far is how everyone seems to encourage each other. They share ideas, teach techniques, praise each other. LOVE that!! I used to be a graphic designer and it felt so cut throat to me. Keep spurring each other on!!

    • Oh, Susan! I have been blessed to find a group of encouraging ladies in the business! If you find them, stick with them! It really does mean everything! With any business, there will be that cut throat aspect. Throw in “art” and “ego” and it’s bound to get ugly! I choose to align with women that uplift one another and praise each other! I think it only helps future generations keep our passion burning! Stick around here, would ya?!? So glad to have you! ;) Angela

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