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Updated: March 29, Reader-Approved References. Whitewashing furniture is a great way to revive an old piece of wooden furniture while keeping the wood grain Sarah Kelly - SK Demo. Dry brushing uses ordinary paint to achieve a similar effect, while painting furniture white using more typical methods creates an opaque, even appearance. Any of these methods can be achieved with a few basic supplies and a few hours of work.
To whitewash furniture, sand the surface to achieve an even texture and remove previous paint. Next, wipe the surface down with vinegar and water to remove dirt and sanding dust. Purchase or make your own whitewash mixture by combining white latex paint and water, then apply it to the surface with a paint brush or foam roller using long, even strokes. Wipe the whitewashed area with a rag to remove excess from the surface and let it dry completely!
Explore this Article Whitewashing Old Furniture. Dry Brushing for a "Whitewashed" Look. Painting Furniture White. Sarah Kelly - SK Demo and Warnings. Things You'll Need. Related Articles. Method 1 of Place the furniture over a drop cloth. You can use newspapers instead, or any other material to catch the drips. Remove old sealant with a chemical stripper optional. If the wood is covered with a sealant, using a chemical stripper gets rid of it Sarah Kelly - SK Demo quicker than sandpaper:  Warning : chemical strippers are extremely caustic.
Sarah Kelly - SK Demo only in ventilated areas and cover your skin, eyes, and mouth with a respirator. Cover the whole surface, but manipulate the stripper as little as possible for maximum results. Wait 3—5 minutes while the stripper dissolves the sealant. Scrape the dissolved "goop" off the wood. Steel wool is helpful for hard to reach corners. If you use chemical stripper, do not skip washing the wood with Pulp - Hits and water.
This will neutralize the stripper and make the wood safe to work with and able to hold whitewash. Alternatively, you can use turpentine, mineral spirits, or a paint neutralizer. Wash the furniture with vinegar and water.
Dilute white vinegar with equal parts water and use it to wash the wood. The vinegar solution is effective at removing stains and dirt which could cause the whitewash to apply unevenly. Treating the wood this way also enhances its ability to absorb the whitewash. Sand the furniture. Gently use a medium or fine grit sandpaper  or sander to rub the surfaces you will whitewash.
This gives the wood an even texture and makes the whitewash attach strongly and evenly. Wipe with a clean cloth. Purchase or create the whitewash mixture.
You can buy this ready made as "wood stain" or "white wash pickling", or make your own by mixing paint and water. When mixing your own, a ratio of latex paint and water will create a very thick layer of whitewash, while a and ratio result in successively thinner mixes.
Similarly, you can make your own whitewash by mixing turpentine into an oil-based paint until the desired consistency is Sarah Kelly - SK Demo. For both homemade and store-bought products, stir the mixture thoroughly before using.
Any "stain" or "pickling" should work for any Sarah Kelly - SK Demo of wood. Purchase a whitewash stainnot a whitewash paint. The latter is a lime and chalk based paint, which will take much longer to dry and obscure the wood grain. Apply the whitewash to the furniture. Use a paint brush, foam roller, or clean rag to apply long strokes to the surface of the furniture.
As the mixture will dry more quickly than standard paint, apply the whitewash product in relatively small sections rather than attempting to coat the entire piece. For oak or other wood with large grain and pores, apply the whitewash against the grain to ensure it covers the contour of the wood.
This technique is called "pickling". For pine and most other woods, apply the whitewash in the direction of the wood grain for best results. It may be quickest to apply the whitewash in long, even Sarah Kelly - SK Demo the length of the Sarah Kelly - SK Demoallowing you to wipe off the excess see below in one motion before moving to the next strip. Work the whitewash into the wood optional. Before the whitewash dries, use a clean rag to rub the whitewash into the grain and knots of the Sarah Kelly - SK Demo and even the brush strokes into one level coating.
PinkのChao - Minayo Watanabe - Hopping can skip this step if you prefer the intentional "amateur" look of individual brush strokes. Wipe the whitewashed area.
Before the whitewash can completely dry, use a clean cloth to wipe any excess from the furniture surface. This helps to make the wood grain more visible through the product. You can use a dry sponge instead. If the excess blobs have already dried, use sandpaper to remove them.
Add additional layers if you desire. Applying additional layers and again wiping off the excess will create a thicker layer that obscures more of the wood grain. This incremental process makes it easy to create the exact combination of color and wood grain that is right for the project.
One coat is often enough, especially if you mixed your own whitewash to the desired consistency. If you find yourself adding more than three layers, you may want to use a thicker whitewash. Seal the whitewashed furniture Optional. After the whitewashing is completely dried, apply a clear water-based sealant over the surface.
This will protect the whitewash job and allow it to look fresh and new for a long time. Most sealants can be applied using a brush or even a lint free sponge. Always use a clear water-based sealant. Oil-based sealants may give your furniture a yellow tinge that detracts from the intended color color.
Apply the sealant in long even strokes. Method 2 of Prepare the wood. Just as though you were actually whitewashing, you should sand and clean the surface to be brushed. Remember to place the Make You Feel Good (Extended Club Mix) - Wild Passion Featuring Cherryl - Make You Feel Good over something that can catch any spilled paint.
Since you'll be applying paint instead of stain, you do not need to thoroughly remove old finish sealant unless it is flaking off.
In that scenario, see instructions for chemical stripping under Whitewashing Furniture or thoroughly sand the finish off. Dip the brush very lightly into paint. Use full strength undiluted paint. The goal is to barely have enough paint on the brush to spread. Wipe it off on a rag if you get too much paint on it. If you can't find Rappin Rodney - Rodney Dangerfield - Rappin Rodney balance between being able to spread the paint and keeping the layer of paint very thin, dip your brush in water and shake it not on the wood before applying.
Quickly and lightly brush the wood. If you pause during the painting or make the initial contact between brush and wood too heavy, you will get uneven blotches of paint. Try to move as rapidly and lightly as possible. It's easy to slow down while trying to reach the edge of the surface, but that will cause an uneven paint layer. If you want to avoid the appearance of brush strokes, make your strokes as long as possible, but maintain an even speed and light touch. Blend uneven spots with a rag or sponge.
Still using a quick, light touch, find any uneven or overly thick spots and gently brush them into their surroundings for an even appearance. Apply a sealant. One or two coats of a water-based sealant will preserve your furniture without altering its color. Wait for the paint to dry completely before applying. Method 3 of
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