The Dry Brushed Finish with Jolie Paint

The Dry Brushed Finish from our Everyday Guide is a great way to highlight details, edges, or carvings. The best results are achieved when you select accent colors that add soft contrast to your projects.

Read on for step-by-step instructions or check out our instructional video below.


Tools & Materials


Step 1

Choose two Jolie Paint colors that offer soft contrast. The first color will be your base and the second color will be your accent. Apply a coat of your base color using a Jolie Signature Brush. Paint in every direction, leaving noticeable brush marks and slight texture. Allow the paint to dry completely. Dry time usually takes about 20 minutes but varies based on climate and thickness of paint application. If more coverage is needed, apply a second coat of your base color before moving on to step two.

Step 2

Load a very small amount of your accent color to your Jolie Chip Brush by dipping just the very tips of the bristles into the paint. Offload your brush onto a cloth to remove any excess paint. Using only the tips of the Chip Brush and light pressure, brush in a crosshatch pattern over your painted surface or along edges and other raised details. Slowly build up your color until you are happy with the results.

Step 3

Use your Jolie Wax Brush to apply a small amount of Jolie Finishing Wax in Clear. Working in manageable sections of 2-3 square feet at a time, use a gentle sweeping motion to work the Clear Finishing Wax into the paint. Work in every direction, just as you did with your paint brushstrokes. You will see the Jolie Paint color become slightly darker after the wax is applied. Proceed to step four before beginning to wax the next section.

Step 4

Any surplus of wax should be wiped away using a lint-free cloth and applying medium pressure. As the cloth becomes saturated with wax, you will need to replace or move to a clean area of your cloth so that it will continue to absorb wax. Continue on to your next unwaxed section and repeat steps three and four until you have waxed the entire surface.

FOR LARGE AREAS: After waxing and wiping individual sections, apply a very thin coat of Clear Finishing Wax from one side to the other and wipe the surface to even out the finish.

The wax is dry when it no longer feels cool to the touch, usually within 1-2 hours. Leave the finish as is for a natural matte sheen, or allow the wax to dry for 1-2 hours before buffing with a soft, lint-free cloth for a more polished look. For surfaces that require more durability, apply at least two coats of Clear Finishing Wax. Wait at least eight hours between coats. Jolie Finishing Wax will fully cure and harden in two weeks. During this time period, be gentle and take care when using your piece.


The Dry Brushed Finish with Jolie Paint


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