How to Whitewash Furniture & Other Wood

Whitewashed furniture looks stunning and is a fantastic way to get old furniture a second life, or modern furniture a vintage look.

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TOOLS AND MATERIALS

White Latex Paint

Water

White Vinegar

Rags

Paint Brush

Sandpaper

Paint Stirring Stick

 

CLEAN IT

We do mean clean it.

We need to get rid of all the oils, dust and other things that accumulate on the porous surface of the wood. To do this, we will use white vinegar on a rag. Make sure you do this on every little piece that will be whitewashed.

 

REMOVE IT

Sand the piece of furniture until get to the actual wood. This is important, as the paint will not catch on and create the effect you want if anything is left on it.

 

CLEAN IT, AGAIN

Once you are done sanding it down, there will be dust everywhere. Dust is our absolute enemy as it will make the paint adhere to it instead of the wood and peel off very soon.

The best way to do this is to use a vacuum.

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THE WHITEWASH

The mixture you need depends on the effect you want on your furniture.

The basic mixture is one part white latex paint and one part water. You can use up to three parts white paint to one part water. Mix a little and try it on a piece of wood to see what you like best.

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PAINT IT

With a paint brush, paint the furniture with the mixture you decided on. Remember to do it following the pattern of the wood. Apply it evenly and let it dry for a couple of minutes.

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WIPE IT

To create the wanted effect, we need a rag. This removes the excess paint on the wood and looks absolutely amazing.

Play around on a surface to see how much paint you want to wipe off and how much you’d like to leave on.

Once it look as you imagined, let it dry completely.

You can coat the paint after if you so wish, to protect the wood and the paint itself. A clear polyurethane coat will do the trick.

Wonderful, isn’t it?

7 Bathroom Styles to Choose From When Considering White

White bathrooms are a dream come true. Stylish, light and so very peaceful. Achieving the desired effect can be tricky, but it is far from impossible.

We’ve put together 7 Bathroom Styles to Choose From When Considering White. 

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Too much white can be overwhelming.

If you want to add warmth to all the whiteness, combining it with wood is a great way to go. Notice that the wooden chair is white, but the door and mantel are actually wooden color. 

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This is an excellent look. The combination of sterile metal (almost lab like), contrasts with the glowy white tiles, sinks and bathtub. Very well put together, isn’t it?

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We absolutely love the subway-tile walls. The design is quite minimalistic and light. The hanger is metal but not solid and heavy, it is light and shiny. A splash of wood makes it that much more inviting.

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If you want to salvage pieces of wood you may have around, this style is perfect for you. The unfinished look instantly makes your mind travel to a barn, or a country house. I can almost hear the horses.

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For a much more warm and sauna look, clad your walls with pine planks. The idea of having a bench i the bathroom seems so obvious once you see it done. You can put your clean clothes there, the ones you take off too and also sit while you dry the children, for example.

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What a fun way to use that french eclectic look. We are completely in love with the combination of a white and grey, peaceful bathtub and the fun, seemingly random arrangement of the picture frames.

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Mirror, mirror on the wall.

To divide the wall into a lower white tiled section that wraps around the bathtub and a higher vintage wall paper with mirrors in the same style is an amazing idea. Have fun with it!