Learn painted furniture techniques using the Sea Sponge. This bench was once black, then it was painted with a chalk like paint and waxed. It was time for a change! Here is the step by step transformation using the Colors of Sweden paints; time for some new painted furniture techniques!
First, the wax must be removed before painting, otherwise the paint may chip off in places. Use Denatured Alcohol and a terry towel and scrub the surface all over well.
The bench will be painted in Sophia and Linnea Colors of Sweden paints, with no glaze. The Flat Topcoat will be added.
Second, paint one coat of Sophia all over using the Palm Pro Brush or a soft synthetic brush made for acrylic paints. Let dry 4 hours.
Next Linnea paint is applied using a water dampened Sea Sponge. Pour off the paint into a plastic plate or paint tray. Dampen the Sea Sponge with water and ring out the excess. Dip the sponge into the paint and apply.
Have a small artist brush if needed to get into the tight areas.
By the way, did you know that Linnea is the most popular name for girls in Sweden? The Linnea flower is a twin flower that grows all over the Swedish countryside!
Here, Linnea paint is first applied in a wiping motion.
Click on the link below to watch the video on how to apply the paint with the Sea Sponge:
The key to successful Sea Sponging is to vary the technique by dragging, dabbing and rolling the Sea Sponge. Hope you like and will try these painted furniture techniques!
if you are unhappy with a section, here is how to fix it:
Repaint the area with the color of the first coat of paint, Sophia
Then after it dries, reapply Linnea with the water dampened Sea Sponge
It is amazing how colors change with the lighting. The above picture was taken inside and the below picture was taken outdoors.
Outdoor View of the Colors of Sweden Painted Bench
Our Swedish Topcoat will be added next for durability! Stay tuned!