How to Create Paint-Spattered Furniture
Wake up tired desks and dressers and have some fun with the fine art of spattering
Let the Flecks Fly
Spattering really is something your kid could do, but that shouldn't trivialize its impact. "Spattering is an easy way to revive a blah piece of furniture and give it a custom touch," says decorative painter Ingrid Leess.
This child's desk set started out as plain plywood, so Leess first primed and painted with latex in a satin finish. If you're working with a painted piece, you can go directly to spatter.
Just mix equal parts satin latex—choose a color that contrasts with the base coat—and clear acrylic glaze, which gives the specks shine and dimension. Then lightly load a spatter brush, and tap it against a stick about 6 inches above the surface to create a hail of paint flecks. Do one surface at a time, letting it dry before turning the piece and spattering again.
In just a few hours, watch that ho-hum piece take on a whimsical and original new look.
Paint: Behr's Red Hot (base coat) and Snow Fall (glaze coat)