What is a Dry Brushing

Dry brushing is a finishing technique that provides an uneven application so as to create color irregularities common to aged surfaces. A type of distressed finishing, it's popular for homeowners looking to lend their furnishings a rustic look. To dry brush most effectively, you must first apply an initial layer of finish and allow it to completely dry. Then, scrape your paint brush against a drying surface so that all paint is removed from the outside of the brush's hairs. When returned to the surface of your project, the brush will apply the small amount of paint that remained within its hairs, which will result in a streaky, uneven appearance. The same effect can be achieved by applying two layers of oil-based primer - one normally, one using dry brushing - before applying the stain and a final layer of clear top coat.