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The definition of texture as it pertains to the art world is:

  • the characteristic visual and tactile quality of the surface of a work of art resulting from the way in which the materials are used.
  • the imitation of the tactile quality of represented objects.

We associate textures with the way that things look or feel. Everything has some type of texture. We describe things as being rough, smooth, silky, shiny, fuzzy and so on.

Texture helps to differentiate various objects and surfaces, transform light, and influence scale, but it can also communicate a particular design style.

As furniture artists, we have quite a few options available now that enable us to create a variety of textures and looks depending on style and desired finish. We can also use texture products to cover imperfections in damaged pieces.

Of course, there is always good old sawdust that we can throw into our wet paint to create a cool lumpy, bumpy texture, but if you are looking for a more manufactured version to use on your projects, here is a little sampling of what is available.


Saltwash®  powder is an easy to use base coat formula to give a layered and textured effect when mixed with any brand or type of paint! Apply your mixture to any piece of furniture or surface to achieve an authentic time worn look, as if weathered from years on the coast, in just a few easy steps. It’s an instant and affordable genuine vintage look.

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Dixie Dirt is a fun product to give the appearance of old or antiqued textures. Easy to use and makes your pieces look great!

Click here to get your copy of the Iron Orchid Designs Bonus Video for a demo on Dixie Dirt and how it works.  

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Fusion™ Sand Stone Texture is an acrylic based soft plaster type medium with a fine sand finish.

It is perfect if you are trying to achieve an old textured finish. It can be brushed, rolled or pulled through stencils for a dimensional effect.

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Texture Powder from Country Chic Paint  is an eco-friendly, mineral-based paint additive to help you create unique finishes. With Texture Powder, you can create raised stencil effects, or an all-over textured finish for a more rustic look!

Texture Powder is colorless and thus will not affect the color of your paint. 

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Fine Stone is a coating that will adhere to almost any properly prepared surface. Fine Stone by Artisan Enhancements ® is an exterior grade, tintable plaster with added aggregate to create “beach sand” textures once dried. The versatility of Fine Stone allows the user to create stone and concrete-like finishes on an array of surfaces.

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Texture is a great way to add interest to your furniture pieces. You can use it to hide flaws, create raised details that can be painted or stained, or just add an overall tactile effect to your finished product. 

Check out the products listed above or ask your favorite paint line if they offer a texture product!

Happy Painting!