What if you could create the look of denim on a piece of furniture? Turn a dresser into a faded & worn look, just like your favorite pair of jeans. Surprisingly, it is not too difficult to do! Check out the above video and read below so you too can create the look with just a little time, effort and, of course, great paint from MudPaint!
You will need to prepare your piece of furniture for painting faux denim. If the piece is glossy, you will need to do a light scuff sanding to ‘rough’ up the surface a bit. Otherwise, a good cleaning of the piece is what you’ll need to do. Once the piece is prepped, it is time to begin to paint.
For this piece by CrysDawna of Bella Renovare, she did a first coat in China White. After the first application of MudPaint’s China White coat was dry, she did a coat of Newport. Working in smaller sections, you will need to paint on the Newport and then use a broom to add the texture. Part of this faux denim project that adds texture, complexity and depth is the use of a broom – a small push broom, kitchen broom, etc – to cross hatch the paint layers.
Before the paint is dry, use the broom to create a cross hatch texture – run the bristles one direction and then the other. Any old broom will work for this, or the Zinsser Smoothing Wallpaper Brush. After you have completed the cross hatched Newport layer and it is dry it is time for a darker blue, like Catalina or Deep Navy.
You will do the same technique as when painting the Newport – work in small sections to paint the darker blue, and use the broom to add the texture on that layer.
Take a look at this video from CrysDawna for a better understanding of the technique and to see the work in process!
Once you have the broom/crosshatch technique down, you can use it with other color combos to add texture and dimension to your pieces!