How to Whitewash Furniture & Other Wood

I’ve been whitewashing quite a few pieces of furniture lately and really loving the way it looks. Here is the basic technique I use for whitewashing:

1 part water
1 part white flat finish latex paint

I usually use about 3 tablespoons of each at a time. Then, I use a washcloth and soak it in the mixture. Then, I wring out the washcloth. Then, I go over the whole piece with the washcloth, making sure I get complete coverage. Make sure you have a drop cloth under your piece, there will be a lot of dripping and mess.

If you want to do a lighter wash, you can water the mixture down a little more. But, I’ve had trouble with it being too much watery than just half and half. If you want really light coverage, I would just wipe it off soon after applying it. With some of my pieces that I want to be really white, I’ll do 2-3 coats of white wash. This technique does a pretty light coat, so it’s pretty easy to control how much you want to apply.

There are other ways to apply the wash, you can use a brush also. This is just the way that I have found that works for me

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