Whitewashing Wood Furniture Whitewashing Wood Furniture

Learning how to whitewash wood furniture can be a very valuable skill to have when looking for a way to update your living room. Whitewashing furniture can provide a new look to old furniture that has been sitting around for years. Here are the basics of how to whitewash your wood furniture successfully.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • White latex paint
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Rags
  • Paint brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint stirring stick

Step 1: Clean the Furniture

Clean the wood furniture thoroughly. Over the years of use, wood can accumulate oils and a lot of other things that are not conducive to painting. Therefore, you need to remove all of this before you get started. Take some white vinegar and use it to wipe down the wood with a rag. This should help remove anything that you don't need on the outside of the wood furniture.

Step 2: Remove the Finish

Completely remove the old finish that was on the wood. By using sandpaper, you should be able to get down to the actual wood. Regardless of whether you have polyurethane, stain or paint on the wood, it needs to come off. By getting down to the true wood surface, you can be assured that the paint will actually adhere to it.

Step 3: Clean the Wood

After you sand down the wood, clean off the excess dust. Thoroughly clean off the wood so that the dust will not get in the way of the paint that you're about to apply.

Step 4: Mix the Whitewash

Mix up the whitewash mixture. A standard mixture is one part white latex paint and one part water. Another way to do it is to add as much as three parts white paint and one part water. You can play with the mixture if you don't like the color, and add more paint or water as needed.

Step 5: Paint the Furniture

After you have the mixture like you like it, apply it to the furniture's surface. Take a paint brush and use it to paint the whitewash onto the wood surface. Apply it liberally and evenly over the entire wood area. Once you have it covered, let it dry for 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 6: Wipe It down

Wipe the surface of the wood with a rag. This will remove excess paint and will give it a truly unique, whitewashed look. You can wipe as much or as little as you like. If you make a mistake, you can always put some more paint on it. Once you achieve the look that you want, allow the paint to dry fully.

Step 7- Coat the Paint

Take some polyurethane clear coat and cover the surface of the wood. This will give it a finished look and protect the finish in the future.

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