My wife really likes primitive country style furniture and fixtures. This is great for me because in most cases these are made from modestly priced woods that are easy on the tools. The usual materials are pine or poplar and they are painted with typical “historical” colors. I am the first to admit that these items are best matched to my woodworking skills. Simple and forgiving. Paint will cover a multitude of sins and my wife likes the colors. So for me it is a win-win situation.
One method I have found that works great for painting the wood is what I call “dry brush”. This method may be know by some other name but I discovered the method by pure accident. Here is the process. I put one coat of paint on the project and insure it covers all areas with an even coat. Then, after about a half an hour I will go over the project again with a very small amount of paint on the brush and continue my brush strokes until the brush bristles are almost dry. After the project completely dries it gives a rather unique, aged appearance.
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