February 16, 2011

Painting Technique: Scraping

Morning all!

Today I'd like to share a painting technique I used on the coat rack for my bedroom. 

Supplies you'll need are:

paint scraper
puddy knife

To start paint on your base color.
I used a satin black.
Allow the paint to dry completely before moving to the next step.

Now for the fun part - - the scraping.
First brush on a light coat of your top color, like this . . .

Then taking your puddy knife or paint scraper, scrap off the paint and wipe it off on a rag.
Scrap, wipe, scrap, wipe.
I did find that the paint scraper works much better than the puddy knife.  But be careful not to push down too hard or you will take off the base color.

After the first coat is scraped off, it should look something like this.

Continue adding layers of paint and scraping them off.

After two coats it's looking better.

And after three coats I liked the look and stopped adding anymore layers.

Here is a close up - - mmmm, pretty!

To lighten up any dark spots, just dry brush on a little of the top coat.

Once your done painting, allow it to dry for a couple hours then give the edges a light sanding to bring out the base coat a little more.

That's it. 
A very easy, fabulous look. 

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  1. Robin,

    I was curious about the technique you used because it looked a little different than just distressing. I like how the black shows through! Thanks for sharing the tute!

    Happy Wednesday!
    Michelle :)

  2. Wow, that looks fantastic - and always looking for new techniques!!!

  3. What a cool paint technique! I have never heard of it before. It gives the look of a sanded piece without all the work of sanding. :)
    (I hate sanding down paint)
    I will definitely be trying this in the future! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  4. Love the coat rack and paint tutorial!!! Great Job!

  5. I have not tried that technique yet, I really like the look of it! Thank you!

  6. I love this look and this technique! Thanks for sharing.

  7. What a cool paint technique. I love what you have done. I saw your blog on someone's sidebar and linked over. I just love it. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks so much.

  8. Thanks for showing us your technique, I will have to try that. You make it look so easy!

  9. How did I miss this project! I was sick and up to my eyeballs in paint in the kitchen, I guess!....Great technique!

  10. Love that look! Thanks for letting us know how to do it! Mimi

  11. I love that. I am saving this to my bookmarks. (also following you to see what else you are up to :)

    Extreme Personal Measures

  12. I like this--it looks so aged! Thanks for linking up to the Share the Love party!

  13. this looks so fantastic! Thanks for sharing how you did this, I'm always on the hunt for new techniques.


  14. It's actually P U T T Y knife, used for installing putty on windows,

  15. A great project. The hooks look great mounted on the board and the painting technique really makes it looked like an aged piece.

  16. Robin, I love the results you got with this technique. It looks fantastic.

  17. I would never guess that is how you achieved this look. Very nice & thanks for the how-to.


  18. I somehow completely missed this post back in the winter, Robin! Great technique--the finish looks authentically old. Just beautiful!

  19. LOVE this! I'll definitely be using this technique on my next project! Thanks so much for sharing it! :)

    xoxo laurie

  20. Can I use spray paint as the base coat then white paint to distress it?


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