Dry Brushing

My doors had layers of paint on them. So I stripped them, not exactly sure of what my goals were. I liked the halfway stripped look and started to embrace the idea of not having a solid painted door.

The problem was, not one door looked remotely the same. They had different color paints, stains, or natural wood showing through. If I left them all different, they were bound to drive me nuts. So I started the agonizing process of painting them sold white. But solid white on these old doors made all of the imperfections stand out and not in a good way.

Now that I had all my doors with the same base color, I came up with the idea of drying brushing them with my kitchen cabinet color to distress them once again. Below is the final look and a time lapse video. Now the imperfections look like perfection! 
  When dry brushing, you put minimal paint on the end of the bristles of your brush. You then wipe off most of the paint on a rag. I tried to move up and down and left to right with my strokes, and concentrated on adding a little darkness in corners and where each wood plank meets. I can’t wait to see what they look like hung and next to the crisp white trim.

Update: I decided to do another coat to get the doors a little darker. It looks a lot better with my flooring choice. It was keeping me awake at night just thinking about it clashing. This is my final product now.


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