Painting the Camouflage Table

Rustic Paint Techniques to jazz up your old rustic salvage

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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


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.

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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.

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.

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