So, if you saw my Before & After post on the ombre painted desk, you would know that I promised you a tutorial on how I did the ombre painted furniture technique that I used with the DIY chalked paint I made. The reason that I owe you a tutorial is because I hadn’t taken any photos or videos while in the process of painting the piece.
There are 2 reasons for this:
- I was so engrossed in what I was doing that I lost track of what was going on around me! This included thinking of the blog post that I would be writing
- I had no idea what I was doing!
Haha okay, okay – it was more because I had no idea what I was doing. When I got going, however, I just couldn’t stop! Be that as it may, I owe you a step-by-step tutorial on the ombre painted furniture technique that I used.
I am going to preface this and say that by no means did I come up with this idea all on my lonesome. I scoured Pinterest and watched all the other tutorials out there that I could find. From there, I took pieces from each of them to create a process that worked for me.
Right, you’ve read enough of my rambling, so here you go 😀
What I used:
- Warm, soapy water to clean the piece down
- My DIY chalked paint
- Paint brushes (I used a flat paddle for the base coats and then a round smaller one for the blending and layering)
- A spray bottle filled with water
What I did:
- To prepare the piece, I gave it a light scrub with soapy water and let it dry. That’s it, no sanding required. If you have a piece that is exceptionally chippy or is covered in a bit of grease and grime, giving it a light sand would probably be a good idea. You want to make sure that your new finish is going to last! For instance, if the piece of wood that I’m using to create this tutorial were a piece of furniture, I would have given it a sand to get rid of the oil stains.
- I decided to use the darker, richer blue as my base coat, so went ahead and painted the piece in this colour and let dry.
- Once it had dried, I went in with a second coat and let that one dry down as well. It didn’t take long at all, chalked paint dries down very quickly.
- Now it’s time to dip into the next colour! I went with a lighter, brighter blue :-)
- And blotted off the excess
- I decided where I wanted to place the colour and misted the area with a bit of water. Since I was using this colour to highlight the middle of the drawers and panels, I placed this colour in the middle of those areas.
- Now it was time to layer and blend, layer and blend! I went back into the darker blue…
- Blotted off the excess…
- And proceeded to layer and blend 😀 I did this to remove any hard lines and to create a smooth transition between the colours.
- Next up, it was time to add a pop of purple (in my case – you can use any colour you want). So, I dipped my brush into the purple…
- Misted with water and placed the purple where I wanted, which was mostly on some of the outer areas. I did take just a smidgen of the colour though into the highlighted piece as well. I wanted the purple to pop in different places in different lights, to create a touch of the unexpected.
- From that point on, it was just a continuation of misting and blending with the various colours, until I was happy with the final result.
- Once the whole thing had dried down overnight, I took my trusty Annie Sloan clear wax to the whole thing. I prefer the wax finish, even though it’s not as hardy as the lacquer. In my view, bumps and chips will just add to the character of the piece, so I’m not too stressed about it.
Just as a note on the direction you apply the paint and ombre in:
I followed the straight lines, grain and/or curve of the wood. If you look at the drawers, you will see that I painted them with horizontal strokes; for panels where the wood grain was running vertically, my paint strokes were vertical. Similarly, where the panels had the grain running horizontally, I again painted horizontally. For the top, I followed the curve in the kidney shape, it just felt to me that it flowed better that way. I hope that you can see what I mean in this photo:
You will also note that I didn’t sand or distress the piece, this was a personal choice. The finish isn’t as smooth as it would have been had I given it a light sand, but that is completely up to you. That is the beauty for me about painting – there is no right or wrong way! I just do as I feel and where my heart/hands take me and everything generally turns out well 😉
Oh, I almost forgot! I put a video on YouTube for you as well, showing the whole tutorial. It’s fair to warn you now though, it’s by no means professional. I was interrupted by my son at one stage who came to tell me about his big ball… I found this hilarious of course – my sense of humour does sometimes belong in the gutter! Nonetheless, I find videos to be extremely helpful in in these matters (painting tutorials that is), even if they aren’t professional. So, here is mine:
I’m still so chuffed with how it turned out. It’s impressive to me that she looks exactly like I had planned in my head, if not better :-)
I hope that you found this tutorial helpful! I would love to know if different paint finishes and techniques is something that you would like to see from me more often. Please let me know!
If you do give this a go, please send me photos or links to your posts! I would love to see them!