Faux finishes have really been my jam lately. Naturally I needed to create my own faux denim finish for furniture!! I am so excited to share this with you!!
You Need To Try Out This Faux Denim Finish For Furniture
Who doesn’t like a nice pair of comfy jeans? Now visualize that look on a piece of furniture. You CANNOT go wrong!! I have seen many techniques over the years. I played a round a bit and did something I thought would be easy enough for a beginner but give you a look of an advanced painter. This is my easy guide to a faux denim finish for furniture.
As always I have a list below of the supplies you need. Surprisingly for such a cool and what seems like detailed finish you do not need a lot of things. These supplies are linked to the places where you can purchase them. They do NOT cost you anything to use but I do get a small kickback, this helps me to continue to bring you free and fun content.
What do you need?
- Bunker Hill Blue by Dixie Belle
- In The Navy by Dixie Belle
- Cotton by Dixie Belle
- Zinsser Paste Brush
- Dixie Belle Synthetic Brush
- Cheap Chip Brushes (4)
- Bronze Gilding Wax by Dixie Belle
- Element Decor Wax by Redesign by Prima
- Dixie Belle Belle Brush
- Paper Towels
You want a lighter base coat, under your bunker hill blue. For this piece I used cotton by Dixie Belle and painted the entire piece in cotton as a base coat. If your piece is lighter you only need one coat, if you have a darker piece you want your base of the cotton to have better coverage.
Once your base coat of cotton is completely dry, you will want to put your next coat. Bunker hill blue is the next coat. Completely cover your piece with one coat of the bunker hill blue. While your bunker hill blue is still wet you are going to create your faux denim finish.
Creating A Faux Denim Finish
For this next part I used a Zinsser paste brush, it has plastic bristles. You could even find a wicker broom or a hand broom at the store to test out. This brush was inexpensive and easy to work with. While the bunker hill blue was still wet I ran the brush vertically along the piece. I then went over the piece in a horizontal motion. I repeated this a few times to give a realistic denim weave look.
After I did the weaving part with just the brush, I allowed the piece to dry. After the paint was dry, I then used cotton to add to the look. I poured some on a paper towel and spread it with a chip brush, therefore it would be evenly distributed on the brush. While dabbing the paste brush on the paint lightly, I went over the piece again. Using the same technique as I did when only using the paste brush without paint. This will add a little more dimension to your piece really bringing out a faux denim finish.
Finishing Off The Faux Denim Finish
This is the part where I used the In the Navy and Bunker Hill Blue to soften up and tie the entire faux denim finish together. I used the cheap chip brushes to dry brush the two blue colors, therefore softening up the look. As well as using the colors to shade and blend. I put a little bit of paint in an area and then used my chip brush in a circular motion to blend it into the finish.
Adding Bronze and Updating Drawer Pulls
After the paint was dry, I used the bronze gilding wax all over the piece. Shading the corner and going over different edges.
I took the original hardware and gave it an update with the Redesign Decor Wax in Element. I used my Dixie Belle belle brush. The hardware was dry and cured about 24 hours after application.
This piece was super easy to accomplish. It is the perfect faux finish for a beginner with an advanced look!! Check it out below. Are you going to try this???
Are you a visual learner?? Here is a video just for you!!
I would love to hear what you think!! Let me know in the comments below 🙂