Once dry I started with the top board. I dry brushed cotton white paint all over the board, top and bottom.
For top board board, I made sure the dry brush was literal. because I wanted to create an effect in which it would get painted only the creases of the wood. If you get the brush too wet you will just create strong brush strokes. If that’s what you actually want then you are good wetting your brushes.
I dry brushed in both directions. Same as wood lines and across too. Again it’s really important that your brush is really dry. I know it sounds crazy. Just dip the tips of your brush into the paint and then brush it off on a piece of paper. You will see it actually paints. LOL.
I let it dry between hands. I applied a couple of hands.
Finally, I applied some dry brush with the gray paint to darken the grey a bit but making sure I don’t remove the white. It’s like some touches.
For the white boards, I still used the dry brush technique but this time a little more paint on the brush and less brushing off.
My intention was to actually turn it into white BUT with that aged effect letting the original string show up.
This took me about 3 hands and over a couple of hours drying between hands.
Let all the pieces dry well. Best overnight.
I used a high grit sand block to sand off paint excess on some points like edges and where I thought the paint covered too much. I really wanted a rustic aged look.
Time to seal and protect. It didn’t work for me to use a liquid sealer, the brush would drag the dry brushed paint. NO FUN!!!! Instead, I used a heavy-duty spray sealer. Applied 2 coats on each piece and let it dry for about 30 min between coats and overnight after the last coat so the smell would disappear.