Trying the Turquoise Iris’s Paint Wash Technique

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I try The Turquoise Iris’s Paint wash distressing technique using Junk Gypsy Chalk Paints.

Paint wash recipe: 1/2 water, 1/2 white vinegar, a tablespoon of paint (or more).



  1. […] Now you have to decide where on the piece of furniture you would see normal/natural distressing over time.  This is where people sometimes go wrong.  They distress everywhere on a piece of furniture but that is way too much.The image below shows where you would distress for a dresser and a chair.  You can see the arrows are pointing to areas that would be touched or bumped frequently. Focus on edges but not every edge. As you can see in the image on the right the knob and drawer have distressing but not all the way around. A little goes a long way.Take your tapper candle and scrub wax on the edges where you want your piece to be distressed. Make sure the wax is heavier in some areas and lighter in others for a more authentic feel.Once you’ve completed all the places you want to see a distressed it’s time to paint! Use spray paint, chalk paint, latex paint, any of them will work. Put as many coats on as you need an allow your paint to dry.Once your paint is dry you can flake the wax away using a putty knife or a soft brush.  That’s it!Below is a video that shows how I used this process using spray paint over the top.  The results are so beautiful! I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.If Shabby Chic isn’t your style you can always try the paint wash technique the Turquoise Iris pioneered! Check out my attempt to master this technique HERE. […]

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