Ok, on to the next thing.. I mentioned a few posts ago about having the desire to refinish some of my furniture. I've refinished most of our furniture already actually, it's alot of fun. I love how you can take some old cruddy piece and make it look totally different with some paint and new hardware. Anyway, here is my latest project - it's just a simple table but I'm very happy with the way it turned out. I whitewashed this piece and used a pale yellow paint, and light tan/beige and a pure white. You can use any colors you want . So fun! Give it a try, you'll get hooked.
1. Pick 3 paint colors - 2 colors that you love, and 1 white or offwhite/light beige
2. Lightly sand the piece you will be refinishing
3. With one of your 2 favorite colors paint the entire piece. You can do 2 coats, or just one if you want more of the paint strokes and wood grain to come through. I did 2 coats for this first application.
4. Wait for it to dry completely - this is important, don't rush the 2nd paint color step.
5. Mix the other of your 2 favorite colors as follows, 30% paint to 70% water and paint over the piece with this mixture. Let it dry completely
6. Now take your white or cream color and mix it the same way, 30% paint to 70% water and paint on a last coat of paint. When it is completely dry, sand the whole thing until you have the look you want.
7. If your piece has hardware you can add new hardware at the very end. The table I did had wooden drawer pulls, but I will be adding vintage glass knobs when I find the right ones.
You're finished! Fun right? And the best part is that there really is no way to mess it up. I think that's why I love it, If you sand it a little too much, no one will notice!
There are different ways to whitewash something, you can google it to get some different ideas. My next piece will definitely have more dramatic colors!
|after 2nd paint color|
|with the last coat of white diluted paint. it's hard to notice|
because i used such light colors. it would be much more
dramatic with more contrasting colors, but i wanted to play
it safe with my first whitewashing experience
|Finished... the pale yellow and the tan come through from the sanding|
you can see the yellow more on the drawer fronts. This would be really fun
with some more dramatic color choices