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How To Perfect Blending Paint On Furniture

Blending paint on furniture doesn’t have to be hard. There are so many different techniques out there. I am going to show you how I blend the painless way.

How To Perfect Blending Paint On Furniture

Truthfully there are so many ways for blending paint on furniture. There are a lot of amazing artists that teach their techniques. I am going to teach you how I blend paint on furniture. This will particulaly focus on the side or a flat furniture piece. Below is a list of products I used for this particular piece. If you are doing different colors, remember to use like colors and do a “shader/darker”, “highlighter/lighter” and medium color.

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Supply List

  1. Bunker Hill Blue by Dixie Belle

  2. In The Navy by Dixie Belle

  3. Haint Blue by Dixie Belle

  4. Synthetic Paint Brushes by Dixie Belle

  5. Continuous Mister Bottle for Water

Blending Paint On Furniture

The first step to blending paint is to make sure you have a good solid and dry base coat. You do not want to start blending right over your wood surface. When you try to blend directly over the wood VS. putting a base coat down you run the risk of pulling paint back and exposing the wood. Therefore, you need a good solid and dry base coat to work with.

I started the side of this piece by painting a base coat of Haint Blue. I then allowed it to dry. Once the first coat was dry, I painted a second coat of Haint Blue and started my blending with the second coat still wet.

Dixie Belle paint

Creating A Radial Blend

My goal for the sides of pieces or flat pieces is to create a radial blend. A radial blend is where it starts lighter in the center and gets darker as it goes out to the edges. This is the reason I use three like colors in different shades. For this piece I painted the Bunker Hill Blue in a circle, I choose the center most part of the side and then painted a circle with the BH Blue paint.

After I painted the circle with the BH Blue I used the brush to go in multiple directions to blend the paint in. You can use the mister bottle to keep your surface wet so the paint glides easier. This is just water in the bottle.

patina paint

Shading The Edges

Next comes shading. To perfect blending paint on furniture you have to know how to shade and highlight. Blending is knowing what colors to put where. I took the In The Navy and added it to the outermost edges of the side. I then blended the paint, making sure the surface stays moist into the edges. Work the paintbrush in multiple directions to help it blend in.

Working Back To The Center

At this point you will go back to the BH Blue. Add the paint to the edges of where the In The Navy was blended. Use your brush and water to move the brush in multiple directions so the colors blend together. At this point you should be able to see the radial blend, darker to lighter from the outside to the inside.

Finishing The Highlighted Blending

The last step to really perfect blending paint on furniture is to make sure your highlighted area is smooth without hard edges. as a result you will have a flawless blending look. Like a PRO!

This next step is to dab some of the Haint Blue smack dabbing the center of your area. Make a circle with your medium color (BH Blue) and spray with water, brush this center outwards to soften up and lines. This will make the transitions smooth and professional.

Finishing and Smoothing the Paint

You will want to take a neutral brush that you haven’t used for any of the paint colors and mist the area, making long strokes vertical, horizontally and diagonally to do one finally blend and smoothing. Think of this as a “feathering brush”.

I have also put together a comprehensive video for you if you need to see it done visually.

Check out the final product!! What do you think? I would LOVE to hear what you think or if you have ever tried this technique.



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