Custom Search

Painting the Camouflage Table

Rustic Paint Techniques to jazz up your old rustic salvage

Camouflage painting is my latest fun way to play with color. It's not really camouflage but that's where I got the idea. The best way to describe it is that it's how to make your furniture blend in to your style

Painting the Camouflage Table

Here's what I used for painting the camouflage table: one hand me down table, square top and sleek legs in kind of a jungle style.

The top was glossy black (again, not my look) so I sanded it to give it some tooth for the paint, which is just acrylic craft paint from the dollar store; I usually get blue, yellow, red and black and white, with which I can make any color of the rainbow, but in this case I had other pre-mixed colors too - mostly greens and several yellows and blues.

Mixing these with a bit of metallic gold, burnt umber and other browns gives me a rich palette of van Gogh like colors.

The first coat was applied with the largest brush, in swirls to give lots of texture to the background.

Here are a few options from Amazon that will work for this project; first, the larger sized brushes for the base coats; Loew Cornell 1170 Brush Set, White Nylon, 3-Pack then for the finer details get something like this Premium Painting Brush Set-12 Piece Golden Synthetic Hair, Short Wooden Handle Artist Paint Brushes for Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor Painting.

I fortunately have a local dollar store that has a good selection of acrylic craft paint in many colors, but sometimes I have to buy them online, like this selection; Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set, 18 Piece (2-Ounce), PROMOABI Best Selling Colors I.

Then when it's all done, protect it with some of my favorite satin finish varathane. Rust-Oleum Varathane Interior Crystal Clear Water-Based Poleurethane, Satin Finish.
First coat, using a 3First coat, using a 3" brush
Second coat; 1Second coat; 1" brush
Third coat; smaller brush againThird coat; smaller brush again
More colors, same size brushMore colors, same size brush

Those first four coats were only the background for the fifth coat, using an even smaller brush for the more intense texture.

Each layer is important to add depth to the finished creation. I will most likely add a protective clear coat to the table when it dries.

I prefer to use a matte or satin finish so that the glare doesn't prevent you from viewing the design.

With the smallest brush to add more texture; this is where I stoppedWith the smallest brush to add more texture; this is where I stopped

It's important to know when to stop - too much just makes it look busy and messy. It's best to leave some areas with a more basic texture, and pay attention to the swirling of the brush strokes (or dabs, in this case).

So, go ahead; keep your eyes open at the thrift store or garage sales for something to serve as your next canvas.

Rustic Paint Techniques

Camouflage Chaise

Camouflage Plant Pots

Learn what it takes to be creative - we all have the gene but how do we develop it? Get the free guide! Fill in the form below for your copy;

Find out more about the How to be Creative Guide

Free How To Be Creative Guide

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.

Please enter the word that you see below.


New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.