Dry Brushing Paint (baskets & lamps)

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Today I’m sharing how to do this simple dry brushing paint technique to give new life to old decor!

Happy first day of December in the craziest year ever.
I hope you all had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. I know it was different this year but I hope it was amazing anyway.

We spent the weekend at the beach condo finishing up a few things for the big reveal. (of our flooring…stay tuned, I’m sharing soon!)
So happy to have that place back together for the most part. A big ole yippee for that!!!
Now onto the fun part. Decorating!

With that, I’m sharing today a little dry brushing paint fun. SUPER easy. Promise.

I dry brushed a set of lamps, another lamp, and two baskets… and gave them all a brand new look.
Literally in minutes.

Dry Brushing Paint

Okay, before we get started, here’s what you need. A chip brush. (linked below)
That is the perfect thing to do your dry brushing paint technique with.

And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, dry brush what? Hop over and take a look at this post I wrote (and video I made) showing how to dry brush.
>>> How To Dry Brush

Next, these are the items I used for these simple makeovers below.

MATERIALS LIST

First up…

Today I'm sharing how to do this simple dry brushing paint technique to give new life to old decor!

Remember this basket trunk I used to have in our living room at home? It’s been in storage for a while and I pulled it out to use at the beach condo for the time being. I want to get something different to use here but this will work in the meantime.

Here it is in our living room at home…

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And Ryder as a puppy. Aw, he doesn’t yet have all that furry fur he has now. Cutie.

A little bit of dry brushing paint right onto it for a whole new look.

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It looks a little whiter in the photo than it actually is.

I didn’t want it stark so I used a softer, off-white. “Drop Cloth” by Dixie Belle.

I left the legs and handles dark for contrast.

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And sealed it up with one quickly brushed on coat of my favorite sealer.

What a difference, huh??

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Next up, this basket I’ve had for several years.

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Kind of orangey.

But after a quick dry brush, no more!

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The medallion in the middle looks really good with the dry brushing too, I think.

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Brings all the details out.

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Next, I played around with these two lamps I’ve had for years.

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And oops, I didn’t get any photos of these except this one.
I basically did a dry brush over the darker blue with this lighter aqua blue (Serenity Blue), then after that dried, I dry brushed White Linen over that.
So dry brushing over dry brushing for a really cool layered look.

The one on the right has just the aqua and the one on the left has both aqua and white. I also used the same sealer on these.

Lastly, this lamp that came with the condo when we bought it.

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Not bad.
I like the natural color of it but not really loving it with the shade. (I tried painting it white but it didn’t really get white enough for my liking)
I bought a white shade to replace that one but decided to change the color of the lamp…a little.

I didn’t want to cover up all of that natural brown color so this is why dry brushing is such a great choice.

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Some of it ends up peeking through. Perfect!

I hit this one with just a touch of white and then sealed it with the same sealer.

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Today I'm sharing how to do this simple dry brushing paint technique to give new life to old decor! artsychicksrule.com #drybrushing #paintedlamp

The new white shade really freshens it up.
I love it now!

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Simple, simple, simple!
And such an easy way to give your old decor a new look.

I’ll bet you have something laying around that you could give this a go on!
Have fun making something new out of something old. One of my favorite things to do.

See you later this week!

xo

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19 Comments

  1. WOW!! What a marvelous difference Nancy!! Love the medallion dry brushed. The lamp really shows off its rustic qualities now… almost like driftwood! You really knocked it out of the park with these pieces. :) I bet it feels GREAT to have the floors done at the beach place. :)
    Happy December!!

  2. These turned out great. What a difference a simple changing of color makes. These are going to look cute anywhere. But…Ryder steals the show. I always look at him first. LOL. Happy December. I’m looking at several inches of snow while busting my mother in Ohio. Lucky me. I’ll check in on Thursday.

  3. Oh my I really need to check my spelling before I send. I’m visiting my mother. Geez! Craazzy phone. Hope y’all had a good laugh.

    1. Thanks, Kathy!! and haha!! I was trying to figure out what you were saying. I was thinking maybe busting her out of Ohio or something!! lol

  4. Look the look of dry brushing and you are right, it really makes a difference. I love the baskets as well. Thanks for sharing

  5. Nancy, you always make everything look so easy! Including dry brushing! I have that same wicker chest (thanks to you!) And I just may give dry brushing a try on that!! I love the way yours turned out!

    And the condo is looking great! I’m so excited for you! xo

    1. Aw, thanks Karen…promise, this is! :) Oh yay, yes, change it up a bit. I love how mine turned out! Thank you…we are excited to being almost done! :) xo

  6. Love all these ideas. You do such a great job on new projects. Always look forward to them. Thanks again for sharing.

  7. I, too, love the dry brushing method…easy, quick pick up for anything. i took the time to go back and visit your past posts on the remodeling of kitchen, dining room, tiling, flooring and WOW, you and hubby have really worked your behinds off!! It’s all so beautiful now and I hope you have some time to sit and really enjoy your hard work…at least with a cup of coffee in the morning in the gorgeous Morning Room!! Enjoy your holidays!!

    1. Aw, thank you so very much, Karolyn!! We have gone right from that to the beach condo remodel! Ha! But trying to relax a bit this month and just enjoy the holidays. :) Wishing you a beautiful holiday too! xoxo

  8. Love your many ideas for upcycling items … unfortunately, these sort of projects lead me to have “eyes bigger than my house”! I already have a thrifting addiction so this fuels the creative fires but drives my husband crazy. Luckily, I have a few charities that take items after the thrill is gone so I can make room for my other plans. So many great ideas and I have some items that will be rescued from the pile and given a second lease on life. Happy holidays!

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