Hellooo, Doodlers! I’ve got a quick little tip for you this week- how to change paint sheen. Have you ever wanted to use a particular spray paint color, and it only came in gloss- but you wanted matte or satin? Or your favorite brush-on varnish only comes in gloss and satin, but both are a tad too shiny?
Well, I hear ya- I frequently have this dilemma. In these pictures, you’ll see that I sprayed a wood scrap with purple spray paint, only available in gloss finish. When dry, I taped off the left half and sprayed the right half with Krylon Matte Finish. See the difference?
Now you may be asking why I also do this over varnish rather than just using a few coats of the spray as my protective coat. Well, it’s because I’m cheap thrifty! Spray varnish is not cheap, so for bigger projects like furniture pieces, I use the brush on type, then use the spray for that final sheen-changing step.
In fact, that’s what I did with the end table with postcard graphics, as well as the chair I’ll be sharing with you tomorrow.
One caution with the matte spray varnish, though. If you spray too heavily, it will leave a whitish film over your paint. So just make a light, quick pass and you’ll be fine.
Oh, here’s a bonus tip: save those spray can lids for raising your project off your work surface, makes it much easier to paint along the sides. I even use them under light- to medium-weight furniture pieces. Just gotta’ be careful not to bump too much….
Got any painting tips you’d like to share? Project ideas for a purple 2×4?