DIY: How to Distress and Whitewash Furniture
Good morning & happy Saturday!
I used to blog a lot on Saturday mornings, and I miss it. I woke up around 4:45 this morning because I was super excited to finish my blog post and video for this coffee table I just refurbished. Decorating and fixing up furniture is one of my favorite things to do, and I’ve decided to start sharing more of that on the blog.
Today, I’m sharing my whole process for whitewashing and distressing the coffee table I found on the Facebook market place. I’ve been on the lookout for a whitewashed coffee table to match some of the other furniture in my living room for the past month. The ones I loved were outrageously priced, and when I came across an older coffee table on Facebook marketplace, I knew it had so much potential. I love how it turned out, and the photos do not do it justice. Now, I need to find a fluffy white rug for the living room, and I’ll be set for a cozier Fall. So instead of spending the $500+ on a new coffee table, this enter project cost me around $80 (the coffee table was $40, and the supplies were around $40) There were a ton of supplies left over so I’ll be able to use them for the next furniture project I tackle.
I filmed the entire process on my YouTube channel so make sure to check that out for all the details!
For this project, I used:
*Gloves to protect your hands from the stain!
*Protective Eyewear and a Dust Mask
*Decorative Finish Wax
*White Chalk Paint
*Paint Brush (i ended up using a chalk paint sand brush instead of the one pictured)
*Sander with 120 paper
HOW TO WHITEWASH AND DISTRESS YOUR FURNITURE
The first thing you want to do is clean your furniture. You’d be surprised what a few dirt marks can do to paint. I thought the furniture was spotless until I took the time to wipe it down. Those small dirt marks can cause paint chips or uneven paint lines.
Sand the areas where you’d like to whitewash! I sanded the top of the coffee table and the sides!
Clean the sand shavings off the table, and sweep the area around you. You don’t want those sand shavings sticking to your paint.
Flip the table upside down and work on the legs first! I added two coats of the white linen chalk paint. Then, I flipped the table back over and covered all the spots I missed with the chalk paint.
Add the stain to the top of the table. Let it dry for about twenty minutes, and do another coat. Do not add too much stain because you’ll be finishing it off with white paint, but you also want the wood patterns to show.
Add distressing marks to the legs of the table with your stain cloths. If you add too much stain, use the wax to remove it. This came in handy for sure!
Mix a little water and chalk paint together and add thin brushstrokes to the top of the stain. (the video helps explain this step better!) You’ll continue to add the white paint until you get the tint of whitewash you’re going for.
Use a fresh pad/cloth to add the wax to the table. Don’t rub too hard because it could potentially bring the stain back up. If you’re looking for a chippy distressed look, then that’ll be the route for you. I didn’t want the chippy look, so I gently added the wax to the coffee table.
I let the wax dry for about an hour (it only takes 20-minutes) and then I buffed it out with a towel. You’ll want to be able to run your hands down the table without feeling any tackiness, and that’s how you’ll know you did a great buffing job. If you want a thicker finish, you can also do another round of wax and buffing, but I think one did the trick. After using wax, I don’t think I’ll ever use polyurethane again. I loved the finished look.
Wipe down your table one last time, and put it in your living room! 💜
I have a few more Fall Diy crafts I’ll be filming and sharing soon, so I hope you’re in the fall spirit by then! You can also expect a Fall decor home tour. Oh, and that “news” I was talking about? Well, I’ll be sharing it, MONDAY! 😊
I hope you all have the best weekend. Kyle and I are going to see Alladin the Musical at the Theater tonight, and I can’t wait! Eeek!
Questions for you!
1. Have you ever refurbished an old piece of furniture?
2. Should I go with a fluffy cream rug or a patterned one?
3. Leave me a comment over on Youtube telling me what I should refurbish next!! (kitchen table? night stands?..)
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