Texture Painting

Yep, I did it again… I am pretty addicted to this texture painting… I have always fell in love with anything and everything chippy and old looking…. The more chippy the better….maybe I just like old stuff.

This Month on the Dixie Belle Paint facebook page I did a Live and I demonstrated how to get this chippy look with only using 3 paint colors, Sea Spray and a Putty Knife. You can check out the video here: https://www.facebook.com/DixieBellePaint/videos/2566301013390345/
later I hopped on my Restore-ology page and finished it up.

It was such a fun and easy project I couldn’t wait to try it again. I had the perfect project right in my garage and it was just begging for a make over… it was an old pine Armoire I had purchased about 25 years ago and its been used throughout the years for various uses and shifted from room to room. It was just perfect to try out on my Painted Texture technique. Of course I forgot the before picture, but basically it was a light pine color and the bottom doors cracked and broke off years ago so I put baskets in them.

Basically the hard part was coming up with 3 colors to do it in… Why 3 you ask? Thats just was I always like to paint with, but it would never hurt to go with more colors..

I am trying to achieve the concept that this piece was painted throughout the years with layers and layers of old paint and the under layers are chipping away, and to achieve this look I use a texture additive, its called Sea Spray. It is sold by Dixie Belle Paint.

With this piece I began with the color Antebellum and Sea Spray and made my mixture a consistency of watery oatmeal… “sorry I couldn’t think of a better example” but thats what its like “watery oatmeal”. I also add a little bit of water to the mixture to keep it not so chunky. I took my putty knife and concentrated on the edges and applied it pretty much all over the piece. Next I needed a lighter color so I mixed a 50/50 mixture of Antebellum and some Haint Blue and make another oatmeal mixture with the Sea Spray. I applied that over the dry surface of the previous color with my putty knife in long strokes and this time I concentrated on the whole surface.

You can also use a chip brush to help apply the mixture and dap in areas that maybe hard to get to or just to help spread the mixture on. I needed a 3rd color and finally decided on Terra Cotta, I only needed to mix up a little if this and put this on in random areas. I did go back and added a little more of the Antebellum back in certain areas “its up to you on how much you want to apply”. The inside of the bottom cabinet I just painted with a brush. After it was all dry and done I DID not sand or anything I added some Best Dang Wax in Clear to the whole piece and it really brought out the colors.

Tip: I like to add a little water to the mix. It helps the paint chip when it dries

Tip: I like to use the plastic putty knives, it spreads a lot easier.

Tip: All these products can be bought through my link here: https://dixiebellepaint.com?aff=183


  • Sea Spray
  • Plastic putty knife
  • Antebellum
  • Haint Blue
  • Terra Cotta
  • Best Dang Wax Clear
  • Thank you all again for your support.
  • Holly Phillips
  • Restore-ology

    1. I love what you have done. I find it a challenge to create this look but i am still a beginner. I am going to watch your video and keep trying. I have seen someone take the first layer and dab it all over the piece and then taking the putty knife and gently spread it out all over and then paint over that piece but I see that you do this for 2 layers. Wish me luck and thank you for sharing your technique.


      1. Hey, Yes I have seen it done that way before, for the first layers you could definitely put it on that way. For my first layer I just concentrate mostly on the edges and it usually isn’t full coverage just want to basically put the first color on. A chip brush also helps with doing that too. πŸ‘πŸ». I hope you try it and I would be excited to see what you do… 😊😊😊😊


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