The sneaky se­cret of dry-brush­ing

The Labradorian - - Editorial - Heather Laura Clarke Heather Laura Clarke chron­i­cles the trans­for­ma­tion of her fam­ily’s builder­ba­sic house into a per­son­al­ized House of Dreams – us­ing paint, fab­ric, wood, and her trusty glue-gun.

I’m too lazy to paint the whole thing.

Some­times this is the hon­est truth. While I was paint­ing my ugly or­ange-y shelv­ing unit a nice dark grey, I re­al­ized paint­ing the wicker draw­ers was go­ing to be a huge pain. I couldn’t leave them or­ange, though, so I dry-brushed the wicker with a lighter grey.

This likely isn’t a DIY for per­fec­tion­ists, but I’m not one. It didn’t mat­ter that you could still see bits of or­ange be­cause the ef­fect was ca­sual and beachy. Dry-brush­ing two coats on the drawer fronts (and just one on the sides be­cause they’d hardly be vis­i­ble) made the whole thing look so much bet­ter.

Let’s hear it for dry-brush­ing, the un­sung hero of the paint­ing world, and the lazi­est way to make some­thing look really cool and in­ten­tional.

Heather dry-brushed light blue paint over a navy frame.

Heather dry-brushed the frames for these gallery ledges and loves how they turned out.

Heather dry-brushed grey paint onto her or­ange wicker draw­ers and doesn’t mind that they’re not per­fect.

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