I'm WAY overdue for a hair style change so I've been looking at different women's hair styles lately and I'm finding myself gravitating more and more towards getting some blended balayage coloring. "Why, you've already got chalk paint in your pony?" Ha! You're so funny... ;) While I'm busy finding a really great hair stylist I thought I'd try my own hand at a little balayage furniture painting. ;)
I received paint from Country Chic Paint to complete this furniture makeover. This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure policy.
What Is Balayage? | ba·lay·age balāˈyäZH/ noun. |
Balayage is a technique for highlighting hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.
Do you see this picture? The poor little soul that sold us this piece had already sanded it part way before he gave up on it. Sanding furniture is not for the weary friends! We were beyond thrilled. Not only did we get this piece for a really low "get it outta of here" price tag but a good chunk of the hard work had already been done for us! In just a few short hours, we had the rest of the piece sanded and cleaned up.
Converting A Dresser To A Media Console
Before we could try out our balayage painting technique we wanted to convert this stately Thomasville dresser into a media console. To create the shelves for T.V. components, we took out the top two drawers and removed the drawer rails.
Then, we took measurements for the bottom inserts and sides and cut our wood. We used wood glue and finishing nails to secure them in place.
Once secure, we gave the inside one last coat of fresh paint using Country Chic Paint's in Liquorice.
How To Get A Balayage Inspired Painted FinishThe idea behind the Balayage painting technique for furniture is that there's a gradual transition between colors or in this case (a lack there of). A Balayage finish is different then an Ombre finish because when you're using the Balayage technique you leave dark pieces of hair at the bottom. In the hair world, this creates dimension and a more natural sun-kissed look. We wanted to see if we could get that same sun-kissed look on furniture!
Before you start, mentally divide your piece of furniture into thirds. The top third will have lots of color, the middle third will have less color and the bottom third should have almost no color.
Get The Look:
1. I personally think it's easier to start with a sanded down piece of furniture. It doesn't have to be completely sanded. But, at the very least the bottom half of your piece should be sanded thoroughly with additional various areas throughout the rest of your piece. It's much easier to get the Balayage look by adding the paint color then taking it away via distressing and sanding.
2. Start at the top of your piece and paint for full coverage (mostly). Leave areas here and there where the original wood peaks through. This helps tie in that gradual look.
3. (Top third section) As you work your way down your piece. Take your freshly dipped paint brush and start your brush stroke at the top of your piece then sweep it in a downward motion so that the bulk of your paint color stays in the upper region of your piece. (Middle third section) Put less paint on both your paint brush and this section of your furniture piece. Take a rag and rub the paint into the wood (like you would a stain). Be sure to overlap with your top section and leave areas near the bottom third section untouched to preserve the distressing.
4. Then, take your paint brush and dry brush paint in various areas along the bottom of your piece to bring some dark color back into your furniture.
5. Lastly, take a damp rag and wet distress heavily along the bottom of your piece. Gradually get lighter with your distressing as you go up your piece.
Here's what we got! I think it turned out pretty darn neat!....
If you like this Restoration Hardware styled look, you'll probably love our Restoration Hardware Inspired Dresser Makeover. I hope you're inspired to try something new this week!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street