"What kind of paint do you use?!" A favorite question from customer and DIYers alike. Lots of our customers are curious about the paints and techniques we use at The Blue Rose! As with most questions for crafty people, there is a long answer and a short answer!
The short answer is: We use all kinds of paints and painting techniques to achieve different looks!
Did you want more than that? Then the long answer s....
We use all kinds of paints and painting techniques! But we'll break it down a little more for you :)
We have a long list of materials and we use all kinds of combinations! For just a sample, we use oil-, water-, and latex-based paints, a variety of glazes and mediums, additives like lime and plaster, washes, stains, seals and varnishes. Each piece we paint is different and each vision requires a different set of tools! Depending on what you are looking for, the answer will be different each time. So here are two different categories of people who are typically interested in material choices. Figure out which one you are and we can go from there!
Most people want to know how the piece will fare in their home. Can you clean it? Dust it? Scratch it? What can the piece be used for? If you have a question about a specific piece we can give you more specific answers!
Heavy Traffic Furniture: Kitchen and dining tables tend to have layers of sealer that will keep it protected and allow you to wipe it off like a traditional table. As with other heavily used pieces, painted furniture can be scratched and chipped, but for heavy use furniture we do our best to protect them!
*Side Note: We typically use a latex-based paint on these pieces, but requesting an oil-based paint for furniture that gets lots of use can add another layer of protection to your piece. Oil-based paints tend to dry harder than water or latex based paints.
Accent Pieces: Decorative pieces like accent tables, mirrors and picture frames might be painted with any number of techniques. We can employ paint with different textures and different bases to make more unique looks. Plaster or lime may be for a chalky look, oil can give a high gloss, or glazes can be used for depth.
Distressed and Antiqued Furniture: Distressing can be done with a variety of paints. Your distressed furniture can be sealed or left so that it continues to distress and show natural wear, for a more authentic look. We use different techniques for distressing furniture and for antiquing and aging. Latex- and water-based paints, or paints with a chalky finish are great for distressing. Smoother surfaces are good for antiquing!
Hand-painted design: The addition of a unique pattern or design to your piece can really set it apart! Depending on what you want or need, this is typically down with acrylic paint or glazes and is typically sealed for protection.
*example of hand-painted design at The Blue Rose using acrylic paint.
Lots of people like to talk to us about furniture they are painting, have painted or are thinking of painting (some people play it coy, but usually know your plans wink wink). We love hearing about your projects and knowing what you are trying to achieve can help us give you advice!
We love helping people achieve their furniture goals and we know lots of you are high level DIYers! Sometimes though, people are disappointed if we don't give enough specifics or step-by-step instructions. So here is our best advice when it comes to materials and techniques:
Research, research, research! That is how you will find the best fit for you and your project. Everyone comes to art and creativity from a different place. I am a classically trained oil painter (which means I love realistic details and work slow lol) and I worked for an professional interior+furniture painter (which means I learned a lot about faux finishes and that I have to work much faster lol). So there are lots of techniques that work for me that might not translate or interest you. Conversely, you may know a lot about carpentry or science or sculpture and that might influence the direction you take.
There are millions of videos, pins, tutorials and step-by-step guides. There are also millions of personalities! I've read tutorials by completely laid back painters who will change their recipes every time they paint. They will tell you to use a dash of something, or sort-of-equal-parts this and that. There are other painters who will tell you down to the teaspoon, ounce or milligram.
So, while we will help you in the beginning, we think you will be happier searching and learning about different techniques! The more of that I do, the better I become and the same will happen for you! So, stop by and see us if you have questions or want help getting started! We love sharing ideas and helping people on their journey to amazing decor! We can bring your vision to life or just point you in the right direction. :)
So, to make a long story short, we love to tell you about what we do and we love to help you get started! Stop by if you have any questions and share your ideas with us!So, to make a long story short, we love to tell you about what we do and we love to help you get started! Stop by if you have any questions and share your ideas with us!
"Is that chalk paint?" is one of the most popular questions we get at The Blue Rose. It is one of the first styles people encounter when they start looking into painted furniture. You've seen it on Pinterest or in a blog, someone you know loves it, or you've seen one of the many little shops that have been popping up around the country. Lots of people are passionate about it and lots of people have questions so let's get this one answered!