Painted Furniture Techniques

2 Color Bench painted with Sophia, then Linnea applied with a Sea Sponge
2 Color Bench painted with Sophia, then Linnea applied with a Sea Sponge

 

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!

 

Bench painted with a chalk like paint and waxed

Before- bench painted with a chalk like paint and waxed

 

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.

 

Sophia first coated painted on the bench

Sophia first coated painted on the bench

 

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.

 

Getting ready to apply Linnea Colors of Sweden paint with our Sea Sponge

Getting ready to apply Linnea Colors of Sweden paint with our Sea Sponge

 

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!

Linnea Colors of Sweden paint is named after the Linnea Flower

Linnea Colors of Sweden paint is named after the Linnea Flower

 

Linnea Colors of Sweden paint being applied with a Sea Sponge

Linnea Colors of Sweden paint being applied with a Sea Sponge

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:

Applying Linnea paint Colors of Sweden with a 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!

Linnea sponged on over Sophia Colors of Sweden paints

Linnea sponged on over Sophia Colors of Sweden paints

 

Sea Sponging Linnea Paint Colors of Sweden

Sea Sponging Linnea Paint Colors of Sweden

 

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

Applying Sophia with the Palm Brush

Applying Sophia with the Palm Brush

 

Sophia painted over a small area before re applying Linnea paint

Sophia painted over a small area before re-applying Linnea paint

 

Using the Sea Sponge to Apply Linnea paint over the brushed on Sophia paint

Use the Sea Sponge to apply Linnea paint over the brushed on Sophia paint

 

Close up a area that was re-done

Close Up of the area that was re-done

 

Close Up of the Arm

Close Up of the Arm

 

Finished Bench in Sophia with Linnea applied with the Sea Sponge

Finished Bench in Sophia with Linnea applied with the Sea Sponge

 

Indoor View of the Painted Bench

Indoor View of the Painted Bench

 

It is amazing how colors change with the lighting.  The above picture was taken inside and the below picture was taken outdoors.

 

Bench Outdoor View Colors of Sweden

Outdoor View of the Colors of Sweden Painted Bench

 

Our Swedish Topcoat will be added next for durability!  Stay tuned!