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?

9 Amazing A-list Style Luxury Bedrooms

The sources of inspiration to design a luxury bedroom are endless. Designers can spark their imagination with many exotic places or draw from other lavish times.

We have decided to show you 9 Amazing A-list Style Luxury Bedrooms so that you can put your own imagination to work and redesign your own!

Interior of a classic style bedroom in luxury villa. 3d renderin

Oh the beautiful simplicity with a French touch!

Don’t be fooled by the whiteness. The magnificence of this space comes from the gray floor in combination with the white – with gray details – of the walls and furniture and the distinctive black details on the bedside tables and shades on the lamps.

The baroque inspired furniture doesn’t overwhelm the design due to the clever use of the color white.

And, of course, the bed is simply out of this world.

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We are instantly transported to a luxurious 5 star hotel when we look at this room. It has a very sexy touch to it, that we absolutely love.

It isn’t easy to use gold colors without ending up with a tacky room or a rapper’s dream bedroom. The clever use of golden tones that lean towards chocolate, does the trick here. It all blends in with the different gray tones and soft carpet. Very little actual white used here.

The furniture is simple and modern, but still distinguished.

classic bedroom

Yes, it all seems to be gold, but it isn’t. The designer, one might venture, is a genius.

First of all, the floor is clear wood, which isn’t what one expects at a mansion. It blends the golden tones of the wallpaper with white and and all sorts of tones in between.

This is a great example of an extravagant, yet down to earth look.

Luxury rococo bedroom

Leaning towards rococo, this design is over the top. The amount of patterns used on the walls, ceiling and furnitures are only viable because of the simple flooring.

Notice that there are no real focal points, as the palette of colors is basically the same throughout.

Emirates Palace Room

A much more home-like design. Not everybody’s home, of course, but nevertheless.

The mixture of arabic style arches and patterns on the wall and carpet contrast well with the greek or roman inspired columns.

The tones used are warm, and you can find blues and greens being used very tastefully.

Wonderful space.

Modern Luxury Interior

This is the first room we look at with a more common height. It proves that you do not need a room the size of a normal house and as high as two or three story building.

This room is influenced by a germanic style. The dark beans on the roof are so beautiful.

It is quite a modern look and we love the contrast between the main wall behind the beautiful canopy and the pattern on the rest of the walls.

It also has a travelers feel to it that defines the colors used.

Luxury tropical villa bedroom, Bali, Indonesia.

If you want a much more contemporary look, make yoru room magnificent by adding a huge bed with an impressive structure around it.

In this case, the white drapes that fill the room add a touch of an exotic tropical destination. Almost like you will step out of bed onto your private beach.

Interior of a classic style luxury bedroom with marble pillars

Here is a completely different approach.

The luxury i this rooms comes not from the bed itself, but from the very well selecte furniture, the beautiful flooring which contrasts with the white ceiling and gray walls and, of course, the imposing columns.

Once again, the color palette is kept to a minimum of classic colors. The lighting is awe-inspiring.

luxury bedroom interior

Last, but most definitely not least, a compact room that has no reason to envy any of the other designs we saw today.

Texture, glass, white and gray, a touch of black and a very glamorous look is the result of this dressing room, Hollywood and Marilyn Monroe inspired room.

7 Amazing Kitchens With Islands

We all wish we had huge kitchens with immense islands and enough space around to run a race.

Most of us, however, do not have this luxury.

What we can do, is look at other people’s fantastically fabulous kitchens and spark your creativity!

Luxury kitchen with white cabinetry

Isn’t this kitchen simply grand? The amount of storage space is unbelievable. Even the fridge and dishwasher are tucked away in beautiful cabinets.

The lightness of the white cabinets, walls and ceilings contrast with the black marble top – the sink stays white – and the mahogany island with a white countertop.

The lamps are absolutely fantastic. Distinguished enough to fit in, while being light and sort of raw. Notice the blue window frames.

Kitchen with double deck island

This kitchen adds warmth by having cream colored walls with tiles and using gray marble on all countertops.

The details on the cabinets are so refined and yet grounded, lovely effect. The work on the island is impressive and the lamps link everything together.

Kitchen with white cabinetry

Here’s a twist on a similar style. The floor is wooden, adding a more informal, or family home look. The combination of colored woods work so well. The island and tools are so elegant, it almost feels like a work of art.

Note that the formal hanging lamps are accompanied by lights in the roof, giving it all a more modern feel.

How beautiful the sink is.

Ultra modern kitchen

Turning 180 degrees. This is a very modern, masculine and stylish look.

The stainless steel is textured, except for the countertops, so they aren’t as shiny. This matte look contrasts delightfully with the hanging lamps and the brown glossy floor.

There are basically no curves and there is a great sense of symmetry and balance.

Domestic kitchen interior

From a very masculine design, to a more feminine but still minimalistic design.

The color palette is very simple: white and grays with a touch of beige: stainless steel, granite, metal appliances and lamps and white cabinet with a thick gray frame. The beige textured marble (maybe concrete?) wall adds warmth.

The attention to detail really brings it all together. Notice that the extractor has the same cylindrical design as the lamps.

Beautiful Custom Kitchen Interior

This is certainly not a minimalistic design choice. It is rather an eclectic one.

The white cabinets and moulding are very stylish and contrast well with the stainless steel appliances. The countertops have a very reflective finish that fits with the appliance well.

The island is brown mahogany. It stands out enough to draw attention, and still somehow manages to suit.

We absolutely love the two central lamps. Gorgeous.

Elegant kitchen with black marble island

Isn’t this island superb? It is a fantastic choice for big families. You can cook and present breakfast and still have the children eating at the end of it.

The choice of color is so gracious. The cabinets and island are in the same color. The countertops are dark green, as are the chairs and work very well with the wooden floor and plants.

The white ceiling and moulding make it almost disappear and the warm wall color.

We love the tiles with the rooster and the stylish black and glass hanging lamps.

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!

20 Easy Kitchen Updates

Updating your kitchen doesn’t have to be a daunting task. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn about textures, use of colors, materials and design in general. Let your imagination go wild before you restrain it by thinking about the budget and real possibilities. There is usually a cheaper way to achieve the same effect. Let yourself go!

To help you come up with the perfect design for your Easy Kitchen Update!

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 There is such a grand variety of materials, textures and colors to use nowadays. Combining them to create contrast can be very interesting. It also helps separate, unconsciously, a space into clear different areas. 

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Give yourself a treat. There are cheaper and good versions of everything nowadays. You can achieve incredible effects. Give yourself a treat and get a real marble countertop, for example. Enjoy the process, it is for you.

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 Kitchens are also a fabulous place to decorate because you can display all sorts of collections. Whether it is framed images of food, all types of jars, tiny bottles of liquor or anything else that might interest you. Displaying your objects will also free up storage space, which is always handy. 

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Strong contrasts can be used to your advantage. Notice that the upper cabinets have glass on the doors to display what is inside. This gives the dark cabinets a lighter look than if it was solid.

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A coat of paint and new knobs, pulls and hinges can give your seemingly old cabinets a refreshing new look. 

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 If too many cabinets stresses you out, here is an original way to dealing with them. The creamy color on the white wall makes it all very light. The plate rack is so beautiful. The black countertops catches your attention at once.

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If you want to give yourself a treat, get yourself one of these amazingly large industrials stoves. Cooking has never been more luxurious. 

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 The warm barnwood beams look stunning with the dark modern lamps. Some kitchen islands end up looking sterile or cold, this proves that it doesn’t have to be. 

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 White is our best friend, especially when combined with black knobs and wooden countertops. Classic and lovely all at once.

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 There are so many different objects in a kitchen. Don’t let the opportunity to do amazing recycling projects, pass you by. In this case, the lamps were made with antique milk-glasses.

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 Cups and plates are so colorful and fun nowadays, that it is a shame to keep them in closed cabinets. Here is a way to display them all.

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 Don’t be afraid to mix it up. Different style furniture can be combined with colors and themes to make it all come together.

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Any piece of material or furniture can become the inspiration for your kitchen update. This kitchen even used pennies as tiles!

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 Don’t be afraid to mix modern and classic. The classic country style white cabinets and the wooden island work well with the modern appliances.

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 The devil is in the details. Well, actually, your personality can be in the details. Don’t think you need to make big changes to add your own style. Sometimes, smaller unique and original details are all that is needed.

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 Sinks come in all shapes and sizes nowadays. We have to say though, the extra deep farmhouse sink is our absolute favorite.

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Color. Color is in and can be used very wisely. If you like old 50s style, this one is for you!

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 Of course, certain features apply to all rooms. An accent wall or rich wall, can add character and warmth to your kitchen.

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 If you have enough space in your kitchen, adding a small window seat or space where your friends and family can sit down with you while you cook. Or vice versa! 

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The island in this kitchen is made with a repurposed cast-off hardware-store counter. The whole kitchen comes together wonderfully.