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Six Stylish Finishes

Updated: Mar 22, 2019

Hi everyone! It’s Lauren and I’m back with more from the oh-so-useful Jolie Everyday Guide. This week I wanted to take a moment to go over 6 finishes that we swear by and hopefully inspire you to try out one or two of them for yourself!

On to the finishes..

1. Basic Finish

The basic finish “embodies a classic hand-painted look with a soft texture.” This finish will involve 2 coats of paint and will require you to let go of the perfectionist within. Trust the process! The basic finish, when executed correctly, will be your new go-to technique.

2. Smooth Finish

The smooth finish is perfect for modern interiors or furniture that lends itself to modern design. The flat brushwork will appear “sleek and contemporary,” making it the perfect finish to use if you’re going for a Transitional Style interior.

3. Textured Finish

The textured finish is perfect for homes with Rustic flair. I love this finish because it makes antique look SO chic. The textured finish highlights imperfections and creates depth on flat surfaces.

4. Distressed Finish

I’ve seen the distressed finish used on everything from outdoor furniture to kitchen cabinets. This finish suggests subtle aging and wear, and is the perfect way to introduce patina and history to freshly painted surfaces.

5. Dry Brush Finish

Dry brushing 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. Jolie CEO Lisa Rickert says, “When choosing colors, I love to lighten the base color and use it as my dry brush coat.” I love the idea of using this finish for accent tables in the bedroom or living room. A pop of color and this texture are the perfect way to impress guests (or your mother-in-law). I used a similar technique last summer when painting some chairs for my then-boyfriend, now-fiance’s mother. Spoiler alert: she loved them!

6. Washed Finish

Last but certainly not least, the washed finish will require you to thin your paint with water so that you can apply the translucent layer of color and highlight the carvings, texture, wood grain, etc. This wash looks great in both coastal and traditional homes.

I'll be writing up a how-to guide to one of these finishes next week and I can't wait to share it with you all! As always, thanks so much for reading and don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have. Also, don't be a stranger! Come hang out with us at the Southern Institute of Faux Finishing Studio next Saturday, February 23rd, from 10am to 2pm and learn all about Jolie Paints! The Jolie Paint Basics class will teach you all six techniques mentioned above and provide you with the one-on-one guidance that you only wish a Youtube video could provide. Call us at 601-919-3289 to reserve your spot today ($175 per person) and enjoy refreshments and all supplies you'll need to complete the workshop and find your favorite finishing style. We look forward to seeing you soon and can't wait to help you Make Your Life Beautiful with Jolie Paints!

Wishing you the best and talk to you soon,

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