DIY Faux Whitewash from The Styled Soul
BEFORE AND AFTER DIY FURNITURE

DIY Faux Whitewash

You know how you have something that you keep, not because you really love it, but because you think you might be able to use it one day? This little table is one of those pieces. It always just kind of floated around our last house. It never really had a great spot and I never loved the color of it. Even if I did, my tiny terror Coco decided to use it as a chew toy. So it desperately needed a makeover.

It’s been a while since I’ve painted a piece of furniture. I’ve been wanting to experiment with layering paint and stain. This table turned out to be the perfect test piece for my experiment. It also happens to be the perfect size for the bonus room, which is slowly coming together.

DIY Faux Whitewash from The Styled Soul
DIY Faux Whitewash from The Styled Soul

And this is what it looked like before.

DIY Faux Whitewash from The Styled Soul
DIY Faux Whitewash from The Styled Soul

supplies

  • A paintbrush.
  • An old t-shirt or cloth, cut into sections.
  • A light stain. I used Minwax Ipswich Pine.
  • A dark stain. I used Minwak Dark Walnut.
  • White milk paint. I used General Finishes in Snow White.
  • A power sander or sand paper.
  • Polyurethane. Rustoleum’s Matte finish is one of my favorites.

Start by sanding the whole thing down, removing most of the stain. But not all of it since you’ll want some of it to show through anyway. Just be sure to remove all the polyurethane.

Now, you want to apply the light stain. Apply a thin layer of the stain, wiping off the excess as you go.

DIY Faux Whitewash from The Styled Soul
DIY Faux Whitewash from The Styled Soul

The third step is to apply the paint. Now this is important part. You don’t really want to paint it. You want to “dry brush” it. Dry brushing is an awesome technique for giving furniture a weathered look. Just barely dip the brush into the paint, then brush it on by quickly moving the paint brush back and forth.

DIY Faux Whitewash from The Styled Soul
DIY Faux Whitewash from The Styled Soul

This is the first time I used milk paint for dry brushing. It works really well because milk paint dries so fast. Don’t worry if you get the paint a little too thick in some spots. You can easily sand it down.

After the paint has dried the next step is to apply the dark stain. For this step I blotted the stain on then rubbed it in with a cloth, and wiped off the excess.

DIY Faux Whitewash from The Styled Soul
DIY Faux Whitewash from The Styled Soul

When the stain has dried (I let it sit for about 45 minutes) apply the final coat of paint. You can skip this step if you like the result, but I just thought it looked a little too brown. In this step I didn’t paint the whole thing. I randomly went over it on different areas, where it looked like too much of the wood was showing through. When it dries you can go back and sand over the areas where the paint is too thick.

The last step is to apply the polyurethane. You should use two-three coats if it’s a piece that will get a lot of use.

DIY Faux Whitewash from The Styled Soul
DIY Faux Whitewash from The Styled Soul

 

DIY Faux Whitewash from The Styled Soul
DIY Faux Whitewash from The Styled Soul

 

DIY Faux Whitewash from The Styled Soul
DIY Faux Whitewash from The Styled Soul

 

DIY Faux Whitewash from The Styled Soul
DIY Faux Whitewash from The Styled Soul

The legs have cute little caps on them, so I used Rub N Buff to paint them gold.

There are a lot of whitewashing techniques and most of them involve mixing paint with water or other chemicals. This wasn’t quite as messy and didn’t take too long. I finished it in one day. After seeing the result I’m excited to try it again with some other stains. Now I’m so glad I kept this table!!

stephanie

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