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Finding Inspiration for your Painted Furniture Projects

When you take the step to paint a piece of furniture, the first thing you are going to want to do is to find some inspiration to guide you through the process.


When I'm looking for inspiration for my painted furniture projects, I often find myself browsing the Internet for ideas. Not just ideas about using colours but ideas for different techniques that are popping up all the time. During a recent excursion through furniture painting projects, I stumbled across a new trend that I find interesting and something I would definitely like to try... shading your painted furniture.

We've seen plenty of projects that involve chalk paint, milk paint and similar organic paints. We've also seen how to create an ombre effect on painted furniture, which is a shading process that goes from lighter at the top to darker at the bottom. This feature looks at how you can give painted furniture some depth by shade painting across the entire piece.



Shade painting or blending incorporates the use of different shades of the same colour to lighten and darken across the surface. The achieved effect looks stunning on any piece of furniture, but particularly where the furniture has drawers or lots of detailing. The piece shown in this project is not an old piece of furniture, one that dates back to the '80s, but the painted finish transforms it from a somewhat mediocre piece to an accent piece that would be the focal point in any room.

What is Shade or Blended Painted Furniture

This project, undertaken by Brushed By Brandy, is done using Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint. But you can quite easily substitute this with your own favourite chalk paint brand, using colours in the same hue to achieve the same effect.

Brandy doesn't have step-by-step instructions on her website, but she does offer a series of 4 videos that cover the entire project from start to finish. While the quality is not great, you will be able to see how easy it is to achieve a level of depth on your painted furniture simply using light and dark hues of the same colour (or by adding white or black to achieve a similar effect). Enjoy!






















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