HOW TO WHITEWASH FURNITURE

Whitewashing furniture is a great way to revive an old piece of wooden furniture while keeping the wood grain visible.

How To Whitewash Furniture

How To Whitewash Furniture

That's exactly what I had in mind when I acquired this antique pine dresser.  I loved the original wood key holes and appliqué.  I did not want to cover up the great patina it had acquired over the years but just wanted to update it a bit.  Although it is not apparent in the picture below, the wood was uneven in color and whitewashing was definitely the way to go.  Here is the "Before" picture.

How To Whitewash Furniture {Before}

How To Whitewash Furniture {Before}

There are different ways to go about whitewashing furniture.  I used a combination  of watering down my paint quite heavily, wiping, dry brushing and sanding.  

This technique requires so little paint, so if you are left with just bottoms of paint in your cans, think of using them up this way.  I used Country Chic Paint in "Simplicity", a pure white color,  and watered it down quite a bit.  I did not measure it out but it was a lot more water than paint.

So I started by painting the watered down paint and wiping most of it off with a wet rag.  This forms my base where the white paint settles into all the grooves and nicks.  (I'm sorry I don't have much work-in-progress pictures.  It was too difficult balancing a wet rag, brush and camera at the same time!).

I let that dry slightly then I took my brush and dipped it into the watered down paint, blotting off the excess and painting long, quick straight lines and filling in some of the naked spots.

After I let that dry again, I found that there were some uneven thick spots.  This is where I took a wet rag and gently brushed the thick spots into their surroundings for an even appearance.  

There is no art to this, it is just a matter of playing around with it, adding and subtracting and keep your brush strokes long and straight.

Still not satisfied with the results, I went in and sanded down in certain areas.

How To Whitewash Furniture

How To Whitewash Furniture

How To Whitewash Furniture - keeping the wood grain visible 

How To Whitewash Furniture - keeping the wood grain visible 

I did not like the brass handles so I just sprayed them with Rustoleum Oil Bronze spray.

How To Whitewash Furniture

How To Whitewash Furniture

How To Whitewash Furniture

How To Whitewash Furniture

Whitewashing obviously works better on rougher woods like oak and rough pine where your paint can settle in the grooves.  I personally have a preference for furniture that has a lighter base color, like blonde wood.

How To Whitewash Furniture

How To Whitewash Furniture

The interior drawers and sides all got the same treatment.

How To Whitewash Furniture

How To Whitewash Furniture

How To Whitewash Furniture

How To Whitewash Furniture

So, as I mentioned above, this requires so little paint.  After I finished the dresser I still had some watered down paint left, so I decided to paint this chair.  I went about it a little different for the chair.  Since there was not much surface for brush strokes, I painted the whole chair and when it dried I just simply used a 180 grit sandpaper and sanded most of the paint out.  The results are almost identical.  Both pieces were then sealed with wax.

How To Whitewash Furniture

How To Whitewash Furniture

How To Whitewash Furniture

How To Whitewash Furniture

How To Whitewash Furniture

How To Whitewash Furniture

I reupholstered the seat with drop cloth and painted some grain sack lines.

A TOUCH OF PINK

Hello friends,

I hope you are enjoying some Spring weather.  The thermometer is finally rising here and I think most of the snow will be gone by the weekend.

Today I am sharing a beautiful roll-top desk makeover.  I've been searching and wanting to paint a roll-top desk for a very long time, but the ones I kept finding usually were heavy and masculine-looking.  This one was just perfect.  Exactly the kind of delicate legs I wanted.  Circa 30's - 40's.  So that's the direction of my makeover - soft, feminine and shabby, of course.  Here is what she looked like before painting.

A TOUCH OF PINK - 'Before'

A TOUCH OF PINK - 'Before'

So I started by giving the desk an overall light sanding  I was able to remove the top cover, which made it much easier to paint the desk.  After a light sanding and a quick wipe-down I painted the desk using Country Chic Paint.  If you want to see their color chart, you can click here.  They have also just come out with a new series of their "limited edition colours".  Something they do at the beginning of each season.

A TOUCH OF PINK - work-in-progress

A TOUCH OF PINK - work-in-progress

I chose "Vanilla Frosting", which is an off-white color.  Initially, I was going to leave the inside cubbies in its original wood, however, when I finished with the white paint, it just was not right.  It needed some softening so I chose to paint the inside "Vintage Cupcake".

A TOUCH OF PINK

A TOUCH OF PINK

After the first coat of the "Vintage Cupcake", I mixed up a small batch of the pink and then added some "Vanilla Frosting" to it and painted a lighter second coat of pink on top.  This gave a slight layering effect.  I then distressed at strategic spots to expose some of the original wood.

A TOUCH OF PINK

A TOUCH OF PINK

A TOUCH OF PINK

A TOUCH OF PINK

I also painted the interior of the drawer bottom in the pink mix.

A TOUCH OF PINK

A TOUCH OF PINK

After painting and distressing, I sealed it with some natural wax and some antiquing wax applied on certain areas.

A TOUCH OF PINK

A TOUCH OF PINK

A TOUCH OF PINK

A TOUCH OF PINK

I kept the original brass hardware.  Surprisingly, it still had both original functioning keys.

A TOUCH OF PINK

A TOUCH OF PINK

A TOUCH OF PINK

A TOUCH OF PINK

I'm pleased with her new look.  If I had a spot for this desk I would definitely keep it.  It's a great piece to be able to sit down and read a great novel or just pay bills.  The table part extends and you have ample room to work with a laptop, with matching pink, of course!

A TOUCH OF PINK

A TOUCH OF PINK

BLACK & WHITE BEDROOM SET

They say Opposites Attract!......well at least that's what seems to appeal to me.  I was just going through my Pinterest Boards for inspiration and I noticed that I am attracted to contrasts when it comes to decor.  There is just something about a white painted room with touches of black furniture to ground everything.  One of my favourite looks.....like "Ebony & Ivory", perfect harmony.  That was my inspiration to paint this pristine antique bedroom set that dates from the late 1940's.

Black & White painted bedroom set

Black & White painted bedroom set

The dressers have beautiful carved wood handles which I wanted to highlight with lots of chipping paint.  To get the "chippy" effect with chalk-like paint, you have to wet-distress your furniture as soon as the paint dries.  A wet pot-scrubber/sponge works well for this.

Here is a close-up.

Wet-distress to get a "chippy" look

Wet-distress to get a "chippy" look

To get the contrasting look, I painted the dressers in "Simplicity" (a pure white) and the bed in "Liquorice" (a pure black) Country Chic Paint.  I was actually surprised that the pure white paint only required two coats.  Often white coloured paints can be very transparent and need multiple more coats.  The whole set was then sealed with natural wax.

Country Chic Paint - "Simplicity"

Country Chic Paint - "Simplicity"

Black & White painted bedroom set.

Black & White painted bedroom set.


Country Chic Paint - "Simplicity"

Country Chic Paint - "Simplicity"

The bed is a beautiful 4-post bed.  Would be great for a guest bedroom.

Country Chic Paint - "Liquorice"

Country Chic Paint - "Liquorice"

Country Chic Paint - "Liquorice"

Country Chic Paint - "Liquorice"

4-post bed

4-post bed

When it comes to dressers with attached swivel mirrors, I personally prefer to remove the mirror from the dresser and hang just the framed mirror separately.  To me it's just a fresher look.  How do you feel?  Leave mirrors attached or not?  Might me a topic for Miss Mustard Seed's Design Ramblings!!!!

Black & White painted bedroom set

Black & White painted bedroom set

Right now it's just sitting and leaning on some books while it finds a new home.

Chippy painted dresser

Chippy painted dresser

It also came with one end table.  Not very usual for a set from this period.

Black & White Bedroom Set

Black & White Bedroom Set

Black & White bedroom set

Black & White bedroom set

This set was fabricated in Owen Sound, Ontario by The National Table Co., Ltd.

Here is another marking I found on the bed.

Below is a "Before" picture of the end table and bed.   It will give you an idea of how the bedroom set looked like before it got its makeover.  The sellers were initially asking for quite a high price for the set, but somehow I felt it would not sell fast because of the two-toned colour stain, so I sat very patiently.  I did not think it would appeal to most people, but for me those wood handles is what makes this set so pretty.  It was on the market for quite a few months before the sellers agreed to a reduced price.

GUEST POST AT JUNK CHIC COTTAGE

Happy Saturday everyone,

I was invited to guest post today by Kris over at Junk Chic Cottage where I am sharing a little of my background and how Orphans With Makeup came to be.  

If you love white & chippy decor, then you must head over and discover Kris' blog, Junk Chic Cottage.  She has a great eye for repurposing old architectural pieces and displaying them in her home.

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I am in love with her faux brick walls that she and her husband recently installed in their kitchen and living room.  Something I would love to attempt in my own home.

Please drop by.


EMBOSSING PLASTER DRESSER

Hello friends,

I love dressers with carved or raised details.  I am always looking for ways to personalize my furniture and I am just super excited with the final results on this dresser using Country Chic's Embossing Plaster and a stencil.

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<Pale blue dresser -  Embossing plaster>

Here is a close-up of the drawer fronts.

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I taped the edges of each drawer before applying the plaster so that I would end up with a clean edge.

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The top was stripped and stained with Minwax Special Walnut stain and sealed with the Tough Coat.  I replaced the wood door knobs with these ceramic ones.

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The dresser was painted with "Icicle" Country Chic Paint and lightened just a touch with "Vanilla Frosting".  I thinned out the paint as I did not want to erase the raised detail by applying thick paint.  So it was more like a wash.

Colors:  Icicle lightened with Vanilla Frosting

Colors:  Icicle lightened with Vanilla Frosting

If you would like more details and some work-in-progress pictures, head on over to Country Chic Paint where I am guest hosting today.

P.S. This is how she looked "Before"..... and those are not real tiger oak marks!!!