If you want to achieve a vintage look without spending the money on old relics from the antique store, distressing or whitewashing the items yourself is a good way to do it. White washing gives a wood piece, frame or furniture that beach-esque, vintage feel without looking like a piece from your grandmother’s living room. Not that there’s anything wrong with Grandma’s furniture!
Here’s a few quick steps to achieving the white wash look for a wood frame or piece of furniture:
- Whitewash or pickling stain from craft store
- Sand Paper
- Cloth or Rag
- Wood frame or other wood piece
- Before you start, try the white wash on a smaller piece of wood or furniture to be sure that the result is desirable on your larger project.
- Remove any paint on the surface of your item by rubbing it with sand paper. Make sure you use even pressure and sand it until the surface is smooth.
- Using a damp cloth or rag, wipe away any excess dust before beginning the white wash process.
- With another rag or a brush, apply the stain to your piece. Don’t be shy, lather it on!
- Allow the stain to sink into the piece of wood, and then wipe away any excess stain with a dry cloth.
- Let dry for 3-4 hours. After that, if the piece needs an additional coat, apply another one.
- After the last coat of stain is applied, let the piece dry for 24 hours before using it.
Here’s an example of what a white wash treatment can do with a blue tinted stain:
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