Recently an old friend reached out to me looking for a pair of night stands for her master bedroom. I didn’t have anything on hand, but I quickly sourced this cute little set of Ethan Allen night stands on Facebook Marketplace.
She loved them! She asked for a layered gray finish, inspired by this cedar chest I’d done several years back.
They were in great condition, and they have such a cute little shape.
Here are the supplies I used.
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This finish is super simple because you don’t even need a base coat. After cleaning, you just jump right in with your first color. The technique uses a very dry brush. Dip about ½” of the bristles in the paint. Scrape the brush off on the side of the paint pot, and then wipe the brush off even more on a paper towel.
You can use any 3-4 colors you like with this technique too, so just think of all the variations you can get. My look is neutral, but depending on the colors you could go bold, colorful, rustic, etc. And it’s a far easier technique for a beginner than learning blending!
With very light criss-cross motions, apply the darkest color (Gravel Road) around the piece. This will not provide full or even coverage.
For my second color, I mixed a 50/50 blend of Gravel Road and Manatee Gray. I used the same dry brush criss-cross technique to apply the second color. I hit some of the areas that were bare wood and overlapped the Gravel Road as well.
Since it’s such a small amount of paint, you don’t even have to wait for it to dry to move on to the next color (Manatee Gray). Lastly, repeat the same process for the lightest color (Fluff).
By the time you reach the final layer, you’ll see the colors coming together in a cohesive finish. If you want to go back and add any of the darker colors back in, you can.
I gave the night stands a light sanding with fine sand paper to make them smooth to the touch, and I sealed them with Clear Coat Satin. Those cute silver pulls came from Ace Hardware.
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