Dry Brush Technique on a Wood Pallet Sign

When we bought our home 1 year ago I decorated my kids bathroom in silly kid colors…..you know, with the hippopotamus, giraffe, monkeys, animals. Not really thinking of my home decor style, I made impulse buys at Walmart (I blame it on my infant who did not sleep at all!) with the animal toothbrush holders, bath towels, and bath rug. So here we are a year later and I’m over it. I wanted to create more of that modern farmhouse feel. That’s when I decided I would create an inexpensive wood pallet sign with a dry brush technique to help decorate this bathroom.

A quick before pic;


I purchased the wood PALLET frame at Hobby Lobby.

This is what the wall sign looked like below.

10%22 x 18%22 Natural Slatted Wood Pallet Sign with Jute Rope | Hobby Lobby | 80665516

Has anyone ever dry brushed anything or used this technique before?

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For those of you who don’t know,  “DRY BRUSHING” is when you take a dry brush (preferably a chip brush), dip just the tip in the paint  and lightly paint over the piece you are working on.

Ready to learn how?

I love to use a dry brush technique because it really gives the wood an aged and weathered look.

Materials needed for dry brushing:

  1. paint brush (chip brush preferred)
  2. Paint (any paint will do)
  3. Dark wax (not necessary but gives a more “weathered look”)

How to use a dry brush technique:

  • Dip a dry paint brush (chip brush) in a small amount of paint
  • Blot the brush on something dry (paper towel, cloth) to remove the excess paint
  • Lightly apply the brush on whatever surface you choose

If you feel like you’ve applied too much paint to the wood, then take a damp towel and lightly wipe the area clean.

After I dry brushed the wood pallet sign, I applied a very light layer of Dark Wax. This gave it the extra “weathered” look I was going for.

When I finished dry brushing the pallet wood sign, I used a stencil kit and a chalk marker to add the words “Wash your hands please.”

Dry Brush technique

I love my new wood pallet sign with the dry brush technique.

The only thing I paid for was the wood pallet wall hanging for $9.99 because I had all the other products on hand.

I really feel like this piece completed the bathroom.

My new pallet wall art with the dry brush technique;

Dry brush technique
how to dry brush

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