I’m a painting fool and this white wash painting technique is one of my favorite things to use on furniture!
I have grown unbearably weary with the dark wood in my house and have set out to change it and do it on a budget.
Which means paint!
I have an old trunk in my library room…one morning I taped it up (it has metal strips) and got out my trusty Behr Paint with Primer …
I painted and then distressed….oh, I decided to paint the metal strips. Just cause.
But this particular color, Antique White, stood out like you wouldn’t even believe.
I knew it was too much of a good thing so I decided to use an easy white wash painting technique!
Remember all the delicious colors I used in my dinning room? (posted HERE)
Since this technique calls for 3 colors…I decided to stick with those 3 colors. My true-love colors…Behr Antique White and 2 custom colors I had mixed using the Behr Paint with Primer. (Beachy Blue and Sandy Sage)
Here’s the Low-Down
*Use 2 colors you love and 1 neutral white or cream
*First paint your furniture. Let it dry completely. It’s suggested you use one of the 2 “colors” for this step, (As opposed to the white or cream) but remember my trunk was already painted in Antique White. So, as usual…I didn’t follow the rules.
*Next mix 1 of your 2 colors: 30% paint to 70% water and paint over the first coat. This mixture is soooo thin that I just couldn’t believe it would work. So in my normal worrisome way I painted a second coat …I don’t think I needed to do that. Everybody say “Overkill”… Anyhoo, let the ‘paint-water’ coat dry completely. (I used the scrumptious beachy-blue for my 1st coat.)
*Now, mix the cream or white paint: 30% paint to 70% water. (Remember I wasn’t following the rules so I used my Sandy Sage color for this step!)
When it is completely dry sand away until you have the look you want!
The different colors peek through and I have some of the original wood showing since I had distressed my piece before white washing…
I love it!
I feel better now…sigh.
And I’m about to redo the curtains…look at this delicious fabric I found!
Sending love my sweet friends