Learn how to whitewash furniture with these simple painting tips. You can easily makeover outdated furniture with just the cost of paint!
Welcome! It’s hard to believe it’s already Week 3 of the One Room Challenge. It’s going by so fast, but things are progressing as planned.
Fingers crossed it all comes together for the big reveal of my Master Bedroom Makeover!
It always amazes me how different a room or furniture can look with paint. Last week I showed you a sneak peek of my dresser that was given a whitewash finish by my Son.
Well here is the completed piece and I love it!
A huge thank you to D. Lawless Hardware who sponsored this week’s post and provided the gorgeous glass knobs you see on the dresser.
If you are in need of any kind of cabinet or furniture hardware, I highly recommend D. Lawless Hardware. I have worked with them a few times now and not only are the products top of the line, but the pricing and customer service are amazing as well.
Here is a close up of the glass knobs:
How To Whitewash Furniture
Step 1: Prep
To prep furniture, use 100-grit sandpaper to even out the surface. As I wanted a whitewash look with the wood grain showing partially through, I did not prime.
Step 2: Water Down Paint
Thin down water-based latex white paint with water; about 2 parts paint to 1 part water.
Step 3: Paint
You can use a paint roller if you want or a brush. I actually wanted brush strokes as part of the whitewash look so I chose to use a brush.
There really is no right or wrong way to this finish, which is one of the reasons I love it! Just take a step back and see if you are happy with it.
If not, add more paint or use a wet rag to remove some.
Step 4: Add Clear or Dark Wax
Once the paint is fully dry, add a finishing coat to protect the paint. I did not finish this step yet as I haven’t decided if I want clear or dark wax.
I am going to wait until a few more elements are in the room and then decide.
The same whitewash technique was given to the sleigh bed and just those two things already make the room feel fresh and bright!
A huge thank you to my Son for his assistance with these pieces. I don’t want to reveal the bed just yet, as I’m sharing it next week with my unbelievably gorgeous velvet-yes velvet-bedding.
You guys, I’m seriously giddy over the details in this room. I’m feeling very blessed!.
I also showed you the antique ladder my Dad picked up for $5! Well after much deliberation I decided to whitewash this as well. I was going to leave it as is, but with the dark walls it really didn’t stand out at all.
I am so happy with the distressed look and have some fun decorating ideas to share in the final reveal! Hint-this may involve mason jars and fairy lights.
So now that the furniture is painted and the new sheets are on the bed, it is time to make the DIY Hanging Light to match the one I currently have shown below.
I do have to adjust the blue somewhat.
Finally, I will add the custom artwork and finishing details, like curtains, pillows and rugs. I hope you enjoyed this post How To Whitewash Furniture and will continue to follow the progress.
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