Summer is here, and for most people that means heading to the beach to soak up some sun, but for us Summer means DIY season!
Summertime puts us in the mood for lighter tones and a more beachy colour palette. In the spirit of adding that summery feel to our homes, we decided to show you how to whitewash a piece of wooden furniture.
We picked up an outdated, coffee table, but you can use any piece of wooden furniture you like. Either way, your outdated piece of furniture still has a lot of décor potential in it.
All you need is:
A solid-wood table (or any solid-wood surface)
A quart of white acrylic house paint
A wire brush
A 2-inch stiff-bristle paintbrush
A cotton rag
A soft-bristle paintbrush
A quart of satin acrylic urethane
A 100-grit sanding block
The first thing you will need to do, is sand off any old paint and get the table back to its original state. We used a Bosch orbital sander from builders to help speed up the process.
Tip: We used an 80grit sanding block to roughen up the wood so that the pores of the wood open and allow the paint to really soak in.
Once the table is sanded down and all the old paint has been removed, you can begin prepping the paint.
Tip: Before you do so, it’s important to make sure that your surface is totally clean from all the dust particles. Grab a clean cloth and wipe the surface dry using alcohol spirits.
We then diluted the paint by mixing 2 parts water to 1 part paint. This allows the paint to go on thinner, and it also makes it easier to wipe off so that your table gets that perfect finish.
Working in small sections, use the stiff-bristle brush to scrub the paint into the surface of the wood, then wipe away the extra paint almost immediately after you apply it.
Tip: Start your way from the bottom up. You want to avoid drips of water or your paint will come off unevenly.
You want the paint to settle into the deep groves of the wood grain and to mostly wipe away any excess that settles on the surface areas. Repeat this process until the entire surface is covered. Once the table is covered in paint, give the surface a very light sand with a 100grit sanding block.
For the finishing touches, protect the surface and add depth to it by painting two coats of acrylic urethane on top.
Tip: I used a satin-finish formula because it has a softer, more natural look that resembles a wax finish.
Whitewashing and upstyling your old wooden furniture will give it a new lease on life, and for everything you need to do this at home, head down to your local Builders for everything you need.
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