Today I want to tell you how I strip and whitewash wood! I’ve almost blogged every single day in April and I’ve really enjoyed coming to my little corner of the internet every day.
I wasn’t going to blog today because I didn’t photograph the process, but it’s easy enough to follow along if I tell you what to do. So here’s how I strip and whitewash wood.
How To Strip and Whitewash Wood
First thing is first, I’ll tell you that the piece I striped wasn’t wood. Infact, It’s fiberwood or something of the sort. This method works even better on a wood, but if you’re like me and have something cheap you want to refinish, this work too!
I used my orbital sander to sand the piece completely down. It only took about thirty minutes as it wasn’t varnished. A piece that has varnish or lacquer will take quite a bit longer, but trust me, so worth it.
Next step is to take any type of white paint ( except stay away from oil based paints ) and mix 2 TBLS of paint to 1 cup of water.
Mix really well with a paint stick as It should be a really really running consistency. You’ll think it won’t work, but trust me, it will! We don’t want to paint the furniture, we want to coat it and wipe the excess off.
I like to do my pieces in sections so I paint the top and then wipe it off. Then moved to the side, the bottom, the other side etc. You DON’T want a painted piece of furniture, you want something that is a lighter wood and this trick makes your wood look creamy and beachy and oh so yummy.
Once you’ve wiped down your entire piece, you can varnish if you like. You totally don’t have to do this step but if you think water might be near it you will want to varnish. Varnish prevents water rings and spills from penetrating.
Anddd lastly, decorate!
It’s really that easy! For this piece it took me two hours to completely finish. For an older antique dresser it would take a lot longer as it takes time to sand through layers.
You’ll notice on some of the edges I got a bit too sand happy and I sanded a bit too deep – this piece sanded SO quickly and it was almost unavoidable.
The reason this piece honestly doesn’t look painted at all, is because the paint was watered down so much. It did lighten the wood and take out a lot of the orange hue though.
Here’s how the original sofa table looked before I striped and whitewashed the wood. Although it’s beautiful, it was too orange and red toned for me.
Since this piece was super flimsy fiberboard, there are a few spots I sanded too deep and you can see, but honestly I’m okay with it and I like the lighter wood in my house way more than the darker.
So I’d love to know if you will try this easy DIY and weather you like the light version or the dark version?
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