- Work in a well-ventilated area.
- Remove old paint or varnish.
- Clean and sand the furniture.
- Mix your whitewash well.
- Apply against the grain for oak and large grain woods.
- Apply with the grain for pine.
- Use a rag to work the whitewash into the wood.
- Let the grey or whitewash air-dry.
Whitewashing (or grey-washing) is a great way to upcycle your functional furniture into a stylish addition to your décor. This article will guide your through how to whitewash wood, from preparing your furniture beforehand to easy whitewashing tips.
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How to whitewash pine and other wooden furniture with ease
Below you can discover how to whitewash furniture in three easy step-by-step methods.
- Always start by preparing your workspace before starting to white or grey-wash furniture.
- Place your furniture onto a drop cloth or old newspapers.
- Make sure you are working in a well-ventilated area.
- Next, it’s time to prepare your furniture.
- Strip the wood of old paint, sealant, or varnish.
- If using a commercial paint or chemical stripper, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Use a mix of equal parts white vinegar and water to wash the surface of your furniture; this should remove any unwanted stains.
- Allow the furniture to dry.
- Sand down the surface of your furniture.
- Wipe down with a clean cloth to remove any excess dust created by sanding the wood.
- Top tips for how to whitewash pine wood and other furniture with a ready-made whitewash pickling or wood stain:
- Make sure your chosen product is a whitewash stain, not a whitewash paint. Whitewash paint will take longer to dry and could obscure the wood grain.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Stir the mix thoroughly.
- If you want to grey-wash your furniture, keep an eye out for the same products but in grey instead of white!
- Tops tips for how to grey-wash wood with a homemade grey wash:
- This can be done with a 2:1 ratio of latex paint to water.
- Don’t forget to mix your homemade mix thoroughly.
- If you want to whitewash with a homemade mix, use the same ratio with white latex paint instead of grey.
- Easy steps to white or grey wash your furniture using your chosen product.
- For larger surfaces, use a foam roller.
- For smaller surfaces use a paint brush.
- For edges and hard to reach areas, use a sponge.
- For a more rustic look, why not apply your white or grey wash with an old (but clean!) rag?
- The mix is likely to dry a lot more quickly than normal paint, so take care to apply one small area at a time.
- For oak and wood with large grain: apply your mix against the grain (this is known as pickling).
- For pine and most other woods: apply your mix with the grain to achieve the perfect finish.
- Before it dries, use a clean rag to rub the grey or whitewash. This will work the stain into the grain and knots, leading to a more even, level coating.
- Allow your furniture to air dry.
- If you notice any blobs of grey or whitewash, use sandpaper to remove them.
- Feel free to add extra layers if you like, or leave it for a more rustic finish.
Now, with this simple guide, you can get ready to grey or whitewash furniture and give it a new lease of life. Got the DIY bug? Why not check out our easy upcycling ideas?